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Whitfield Diffie

Whitfield Diffie, who has a B.S. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is a pioneer in the concept of public-key cryptography, the underpinning of secure Internet, e-commerce, and other forms of electronic communication. Together with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle, Diffie created the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange as outlined in the landmark 1976 paper "New Directions in Cryptography."

Diffie also criticized the National Bureau of Standards for its proposed Data Encryption Standard in 1975, citing its short 56-bit key length as vulnerable to brute force attack, a critique that proved accurate.(1)(2)

pls complete --> After working as Manager of Secure Systems at Northern Telecom, he joined Sun Microsystems as a Distinguished Engineer, where he worked on public aspects of cryptography. He was employed by ICANN as Vice President for Information Security and Cryptography from 2010 until 2012.(3)

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1 : http://www.computerhistory.org/fellowawards/hall/bios/Whitfield,Diffie/

2 : http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2.11/diffie.html

3 : https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/press-materials/release-14may10-en.pdf

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