Amir Herzberg

Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Privacy, Economy - and Cryptography?

We discuss the economical value of privacy - and implications from its loss - to individuals and society. We present analysis that explains the `privacy paradox', and shows the socioeconomic costs of loss of privacy. We discuss possible solutions, including regulatory and cryptographic controls.

Short Bio

Prof. Amir Herzberg is a tenured professor in the department of computer science, Bar Ilan university. He publishes extensively (41 journal papers, 21 patents, and 80 refereed conference publictions). Prof. Herzberg received B.Sc. (1982, Computer Engineering), M.Sc. (1987, Electrical Engineering) and D.Sc. (1991, Computer Science), all from the Technion, Israel. His research is mostly focused on cyber-security, and mainly the following areas:
  • Network security, esp. Internet protocols: TCP/IP, DNS, routing, Denial-of-Service, phishing, spam.
  • Applied cryptography: provable yet applied. In particular, resiliency of cryptographic systems to exposures, cryptanalysis, and side-channels.
  • Privacy, anonymity and covert communication, including defenses and attacks (e.g., on Tor).
  • Security of cyber-physical systems and esp. of critical infrastructure and of (micro) robots.
  • Usable security and social-engineering attacks, incl. phishing, and defenses - even for naive users.
  • Legal and social aspects of cyber-security and privacy.
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