This episode of You’re the Expert is brought to you from Caveat in NYC, featuring Tal Rabin, an expert in cryptography and cyber security at IBM. She’s the head IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Group, which studies cryptography.

Dr. Rabin received her PhD from the Hebrew University, Israel. Within the field of cryptography, Dr. Rabin focuses on the theory of cryptography as well as secure distributed protocols. Cryptographic theory is complex and interrelated with number theory, theory of distributed systems and algorithm theory.


 An example image of web-based protocols

An example image of web-based protocols

Why it matters:

Computers, cell phones, and the internet are fundamental parts of our daily life, but lots of people don’t know how they work. Tal’s work helps keep devices communicating safely and protected from harmful adversaries.


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Further Reading:

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AuthorEileen Klomhaus