Chief Scientist
RSA, The Security Division of EMC


Dr. Burt Kaliski is chair of the office of the CTO and vice president of research at RSA Security, and chief scientist of its research center, RSA Laboratories, where he works to transform promising technologies into competitive advantages for the company and its customers.

Burt joined RSA Data Security in 1989 when it was a startup, and in 1991 helped launch RSA Laboratories as an academic environment within RSA Data Security. (RSA Data Security was acquired by Security Dynamics in 1996; the merged companies were renamed RSA Security.) Since 1991 he has been chief scientist of RSA Laboratories, leading a group of applied researchers and standards developers that has produced a range of new concepts and technologies. In 2004 he was promoted to the additional role of vice president of research for RSA Security.

Burt has also been involved extensively in the development of cryptographic standards. During the early days of RSA Laboratories, he coordinated the development of the Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS), working with major early adopters of public-key cryptography. From 1993-99, he served as chair of the IEEE P1363 working group, which developed a standard, IEEE Std 1363-2000, covering the three main families of public-key cryptography. From 1999-2004 he was the editor of the recently published IEEE Std 1363a-2004 document. He has also served as the editor of ANSI X9.44, the emerging banking standard for key establishment based on the RSA cryptosystem. Burt is an author of several Internet RFCs.

Burt’s research interests over the years have included public-key cryptography, efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms, block cipher cryptanalysis, elliptic curve cryptography, user authentication, and privacy protection. He is an inventor on nine patents with several others pending.

Burt has served as general chair of CRYPTO ’91 and program chair of CRYPTO ’97 and CHES 2002, and is a co-organizer of the TIPPI workshops with Prof. Dan Boneh. He has participated on program committees for several major conferences, the editorial board of ACM TISSEC, and the steering committee for the CHES workshop series. Burt has also served on the advisory board for the Encyclopedia of Cryptography and Security. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and including invited talks at ASIACRYPT ’98 in Beijing and ISPEC 2006 in Hangzhou, and has more than 20 conference and journal publications.

Burt is a member of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and was one of 11 recipients of the organization's New England Business and Technology Award in 2003.

Burt received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from MIT, where his research focused on cryptography. Prior to joining RSA Data Security, he was a visiting assistant professor of computer engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the International Association for Cryptologic Research.