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Thomas Berson

Thomas Berson


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Tom Berson is an affiliate at CISAC and the founder of Anagram Laboratories. He is a cryptographer who views cryptography broadly as the science and ethics of trust and betrayal. He has spent his career working both the defensive and the offensive sides of the information security battle and is attracted most strongly to security issues raised at the confluence of technology, business, and world events.. He has been a researcher at IBM Research and at Xerox PARC. He has been successful as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur three times: Sytek, Inc (broadband local area networks, end-to-end secure at the session layer); BlueSteel Networks (cryptographic accelerator chips, now the basis of Broadcom’s crypto line); and (cloud computing services for enterprise users).

Tom’s information security consultancy, Anagram Laboratories, celebrated its 27th anniversary in 2013. He His client base includes (disruptive at the center of the net) and, formerly, Skype (disruptive at the edge). He is a student of Sun Tzu’s Art of War and its applicability to modern information conflict. He was the first person to be named a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. His citation reads, “For visionary and essential service and for numerous valuable contributions to the technical, social, and commercial development of cryptology and security.” He was an editor of the Journal of Cryptology for fourteen years. He is a Past-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Security and Privacy, and a Past-President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.

Tom has been a member of several National Research Council committees: including the Committee on Computer Security in the Department of Energy, the Committee to Review DoD C4I Plans and Programs, and the Committee on Offensive Information Warfare.

Tom earned a B.S. in physics from the State University of New York in 1967 and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of London in 1977. He was a Visiting Fellow in Mathematics in the University of Cambridge, and is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Tom’s Erdös Number is 2; his amateur radio call sign is ND2T.