Ross J. Anderson (professor)

Ross J. Anderson (professor)

Infobox_Scientist
name = Ross Anderson


caption = Ross Anderson in 2008
birth_date = birth date|1956|9|15|df=y
residence = United Kingdom
nationality = British
field = Computer science
work_institution = University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
alma_mater = University of Cambridge
doctoral_advisor = Roger Needham
doctoral_students = Markus Kuhn, Robert Watson
known_for = work on banking security, security economics, information policy, Serpent (cipher), University of Cambridge politics

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Ross John Anderson (born 1956) is a researcher, writer, and industry consultant in security engineering. He is Professor in Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory [ [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/intro/overview/ The Blue Book] – “The Computer Laboratory: an Introduction”, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, August 2007] , where he is engaged in the [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/security/ Security Group] .

In 1978, Anderson graduated with a BA in mathematics and natural science from Trinity College, Cambridge, and subsequently received a qualification in computer engineering. He worked in the avionics and banking industry before moving in 1992 back to the University of Cambridge, to work on his doctorate under the supervision of Roger Needham and start his career as an academic researcher. [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/cv.pdf Curriculum Vitae – Ross Anderson] , May 2007] . He received his PhD in 1995, and became a lecturer in the same year. [http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U70837 ANDERSON, Prof. Ross John] , Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007.] He lives near Sandy, Bedfordshire.

In cryptography, he designed with Eli Biham the BEAR, LION and Tiger cryptographic primitives, and coauthored with Biham and Lars Knudsen the block cipher Serpent, one of the finalists in the AES competition. He has also discovered weaknesses in the FISH cipher and designed the stream cipher Pike.

In 1998, Anderson founded the Foundation for Information Policy Research, a think tank and lobbying group on information-technology policy.

Anderson is also a founder of the UK-Crypto mailing list and the economics of security research domain. [Ross Anderson: [http://www.acsa-admin.org/2001/papers/110.pdf Why information security is hard – an economic perspective] , ACSAC 2001.]

He is well-known among Cambridge academics as an outspoken defender of academic freedoms, intellectual property, and other matters of university politics. He is engaged in the [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/ccf.html Campaign for Cambridge Freedoms] and has been an elected member of Cambridge University Council since 2002 [Election to the Council: Notices [http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/2002-03/weekly/5906/4.html 2 December 2002] and [http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/2006-07/weekly/6053/5.html 7 November 2006] , [http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/ Cambridge University Reporter] ] . In January 2004, the student newspaper Varsity declared Anderson to be Cambridge University’s “most powerful person”. [Cambridge Power 100, Varsity, [http://www.varsity.co.uk/archive/591.pdf Issue 591] , 16 January 2004]

In 2002, he became an outspoken critic of trusted computing proposals, in particular Microsoft’s Palladium operating system vision. [Ross Anderson: [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/rja14/tcpa-faq.html ‘Trusted Computing’ Frequently Asked Questions] , August 2003]

Anderson is the author of "Security Engineering", published by Wiley in 2001, ISBN 0-471-38922-6. [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/book.html] He was the founder and editor of "Computer and Communications Security Reviews".

ee also

*Cryptosystem
*Computer insecurity
*Computer security
*Physical security
*Secure computing
*Security engineering
*Steganographic file system
*University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

References

External links

* [http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/rja14/ Anderson’s home page]
* [http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/indices/a-tree/a/Anderson:Ross_J=.html Publications]


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