Greg Rose's extended Candidate's Statement for the IACR Elections

------------------------------------------------- tall, thick and hairy

I am running for Vice President of the International Association of Cryptologic Research, and this is my extended candidates statement.

I have been working on security and cryptography for about 25 years, initially focusing on applications of cryptography to real world problems, and more recently on cryptanalysis and algorithms for stream ciphers. I have implemented a hybrid RSA/DES encryption and digital signature package, have done work on authentication infrastructures using PGP, and am the author of the PGP Moose which uses PGP to authenticate postings to moderated newsgroups.

While at QUALCOMM from 1996-2013, I worked on the 3rd Generation Partnership Programs' subcommittees that define cryptographic algorithms for use in mobile phones. I have cryptanalysed four algorithms currently in use, and as a result of this effort have been instrumental in having the standards process opened for public review and submissions. More recently I led Qualcomm's Product Security Initiative, with responsibility for improving the security and robustness of products across the company.

I have in the past been involved in various kinds of volunteer organisations, ranging from schools to computer users groups (for further details see my short Curriculum Vitae on my home page). I had a 6 year tenure on the board of the USENIX Association. I was on the Board of the IACR for two years in my capacity as General Chair of Crypto 2003, treasurer for 6 years and vice president for 3 years.. I have served on numerous program committees for IACR, USENIX and other conferences, as well as program chair for the USENIX Security Symposium (twice).

The reason I participate like this is because I feel that it is appropriate to give back time and effort to organisations which are useful in my own life. I have significant financial and management experience, having started software companies (one of which was recently acquired) and I find that helping organisations to grow and better service their members is something that both is useful and I can do. As my career moves from mathematical cryptography and computer security toward more management, I look towards the IACR for my personal development, and therefore as a forum to invest my effort towards improvement for myself and the community.

I was instrumental in establishing sponsorship for student stipends for the IACR at a time of financial crisis, and am pleased to see the trend continue.

If I am elected to the Board of directors, I promise to serve the membership diligently, non-politically and to the best of my abilities.


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