Bart Preneel


The Future of Security and Privacy

This talks looks at the major trends in information technology and their impact on security and privacy: this include the Internet of Things, Big Data and the shift towards cloud architectures. While society is becoming more and more critically dependent on digital technologies, governments are exploiting them for mass surveillance and citizens fear an erosion of their rights to privacy. We are also facing the proliferation of powerful attack tools and an increased risk of cyber war. This talk will reflect on the challenges brought by these new technologies and will discuss technological solutions.

Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven, where he heads the imec-COSIC research group, that has 80 members. He has authored numerous scientific publications and is inventor of five patents. His research interests are cryptography, cybersecurity and privacy. He is president of LSEC and has been president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). He has been invited speaker at more than 120 conferences in more than 40 countries. He has received the RSA award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics (2014), the Kristian Beckman Award from IFIP TC11 (2015) and the ESORICS Research Excellence Award (2017). He is a fellow of the IACR and a member of the Academia Europaea and ENISA’s Permanent Stakeholders Group. He frequently consults for the technology and financial sectors and is involved with several start-ups in the area of cybersecurity.

Researcher @ ESAT - COSIC, Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography KU Leuven

Michael Lombarts