Ronald Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has been named to the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. Rivest is honored for his work developing the RSA algorithm, a method for public-key cryptography, along with Professors Adi Shamir and Len Adleman.
Rivest, Shamir and Adleman are credited with developing the RSA algorithm, an encryption method that operates through key generation, encryption and decryption, and is widely credited with having a significant impact on ecommerce.
Rivest is a founder of RSA Data Security and has been honored for his work with the Association for Computing Machinery’s Turing Award. He has extensive experience in cryptographic design and cryptanalysis, and has published numerous papers in these areas. At CSAIL he leads the Cryptography and Information Security research group.
The Cyber Security Hall of Fame aims to honor the individuals and organizations that developed the foundational building blocks for the cyber security industry. Rivest and fellow members of the Cyber Security Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be honored during a ceremony on October 17.
For more information on Rivest’s work, please visit: http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/1294.