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Whit Diffie - (Diffie, Whitfield)

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Whitfield Diffie

Whit Diffie and Marty Hellman published "New Directions in Cryptography" in 1976. It introduced a new method of cryptographic key distribution (now known as the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange) and stimulated interest in and development of asymmetric key algorithms.


From the retired U of Minnesota Charles Baggage Institute wiki:

"Whitfield Diffie, who has a B.S. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is a pioneer in the concept of public-key cryptography, the underpinning of secure Internet, e-commerce, and other forms of electronic communication. Together with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle, Diffie created the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange as outlined in the landmark 1976 paper "New Directions in Cryptography."

Diffie also criticized the National Bureau of Standards for its proposed Data Encryption Standard in 1975, citing its short 56-bit key length as vulnerable to brute force attack, a critique that proved accurate."


Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffie

Interview on Security Weekly Podcast (formerly Pauldotcom): http://wiki.securityweekly.com/wiki/index.php/Episode341#Interview:_Dr._Whitfield  

Interview on Silver Bullet Podcast: https://www.cigital.com/podcasts/show-105/

Retired Babbage Institute wiki page on New Directions in Cryptography via Archive.org: https://web.archive.org/web/20150220061028/https://wiki.umn.edu/CBI_ComputerSecurity/PubDiffieHellman

2005 Whitfield Diffie Speech - Information Security - Before & After Public-Key Cryptography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BJuuUxCaaY&feature=related

Turing Award Winner, 2015: http://amturing.acm.org/award_winners/diffie_8371646.cfm


Inducted into the (US) National Cyber Security Hall of Fame 2012 http://www.cybersecurityhalloffame.com/

From the Cyber Security Hall of Fame page:

"Developed the world's earliest public key cryptographic system along with Merkle and Hellman"

"Diffie and Hellman worked together throughout 1975 and were joined by Ralph Merkle in 1976. The results of their work appeared in Diffie and Hellman's paper, New Directions in Cryptography, in November 1976. The insights in this paper underpin secure transactions on the Internet, enabling e-commerce and a host of other interactions in which secure electronic communications are required. 

"In 1992, Diffie was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and in 2010, shared the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal with Ralph Merkle and Martin Hellman."


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