Invited Talks

Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2013

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Seventeenth International Conference
April 1–5, 2013
Bankoku Shinryokan
Busena Terrace Beach Resort
Okinawa, Japan


FC Keynote

(Monday, April 1, 9:00-10:00)
William H. Saito

Looking at nature to help us solve risk management issues

Risk management is not new. It is something we are born with. The most basic risk management systems are part of our DNA. We adapt, develop and occasionally improve on aspects of our natural heritage to build resilience. Nature evolves --it changes, it learns, it gets better. This is key to long-term success and one we must embrace.

Speaker Biography:
Born in California, William H. Saito took up commercial software programming when he was 10 years old and incorporated his company just a decade later. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, authentication and biometric technologies. Most recently, he was selected by the Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan”.
After selling the business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In early 2012, Saito was named a council member on national strategy and policy for the National Policy Unit, a new Cabinet-level organization that reports directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. From late 2011, he was also the Chief Technology Officer of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC), the first such commission ever appointed by Japan’s national legislature. He is a Foundation Board Member for the World Economic Forum as well as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member. Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); and the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) of Japan, among others. He also teaches at several universities, is a frequent commentator on TV and is the author of numerous publications. His book on management, The Team: Solving the biggest problem in Japan, was published in 2012 by Nikkei BP and became a best seller. His autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.


Invited Talk

N. Asokan

The Untapped Potential of Trusted Execution Environments on Mobile Devices

Nearly every smartphone (and even some featurephones) today contains a hardware-based trusted execution environment (TEE). Smartphones with TEEs first appeared almost a decade ago. But their use has been limited -- app developers have not had the means to make use of TEEs to improve the security (and usability) of their apps. In this talk, I will discuss why TEEs are so widely deployed in mobile devices, and what kind of capabilities they support. I will then describe Nokia Research Center's On-board Credentials (ObC) system which opens up the device TEE to app developers. I will discuss some example applications that make use of ObC and conclude by briefly outlining recent developments in standardizing TEE functionality.

Spekaer Biography:
N. Asokan is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki.
Between 1995 and 2012, he worked in industrial research laboratories designing and building secure systems, first at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory and then at Nokia Research Center. His primary research interest has been in applying cryptographic techniques to design secure protocols for distributed systems. Recently, he has also been investigating the use of Trusted Computing technologies for securing endnodes, and ways to make secure systems usable, especially in the context of mobile devices.
Asokan received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, MS in Computer and Information Science from Syracuse University, and BTech (Hons.) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.
For more information about Asokan's work see his website or e-mail him at asokan~at~acm~dot~org



This conference is organized annually by the International Financial Cryptography Association.