William Whyte Joins NTRU as Director of Cryptographic Research and Development

Former Baltimore Technologies Chief Cryptographer to Direct R&D Efforts



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from NTRU

    BURLINGTON, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NTRU, provider of the fastest
 and smallest public key security for emerging global wireless and consumer
 markets, announced today that William Whyte has joined the company as Director
 of Cryptographic Research and Development.  Whyte will join the NTRU research
 department headed by Jeffrey Hoffstein and Joseph Silverman and will be
 responsible for extending NTRU into new areas of secure, wireless
 communications, spearheading NTRU's public key cryptography system (PKCS)
 design and analysis, and participating in industry workgroups developing
 standards for efficient, embedded security.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000119/NEW003 )
     "William brings an unparalleled understanding of public key cryptography
 and industry knowledge to NTRU," said Scott Crenshaw, CEO of NTRU.  "There are
 many exciting possibilities for extending the applications of NTRU's
 techniques, all of which hold out the promise of bringing NTRU's unparalleled
 speed and efficiency to new areas of secure communication.  William's
 expertise is a tremendous asset to the future development of NTRU's PKCS."
     Before joining NTRU, Whyte served as senior cryptographer at Baltimore
 Technologies in Dublin, Ireland.  Whyte worked closely on the design and
 review of critical cryptographic architectures for scalable and deployable
 security solutions.  Whyte also supervised Baltimore's academic liaison
 program in the UK and Ireland, which included industrial sponsorship of a
 project on Formal Methods in Public Key Infrastructure at Dublin City
 University, and co-sponsorship of a research project on Quantum Cryptography
 at the University of London.
     "I am excited by the potential for a fast public key crypto algorithm,"
 said Whyte.  "The number of devices that are on-line is increasing faster than
 anyone can really comprehend.  Everyone will want security for their data in
 transit but no one will want that security to impact the end-user's experience
 from minute to minute. NTRU makes strong cryptography cheaper to implement in
 terms of server cycles, and hugely reduces the performance hit the end user
 sees from secure communications."
     Whyte has served as the secretary of the IEEE P1363 working group for the
 Standards in Public-Key Cryptography over the past year. He has also lectured
 and spoken on several occasions, and given courses on cryptographic design to
 many audiences, including military cryptographers in Israel.
     Whyte graduated with honors from Trinity College and received his Ph.D.
 from Oxford for a thesis on The Statistical Mechanics of Neural Networks.
 
     About NTRU
     NTRU, a critical enabling technology for emerging digital infrastructures,
 delivers the fastest and smallest public key cryptography solutions for
 wireless and embedded consumer applications.  NTRU delivers strong security
 while eliminating traditional speed, size, cost, and security tradeoffs.  NTRU
 operates up to 2,000 times faster than alternatives such as RSA and ECC, and
 in 1/50th the footprint.  High speed, small footprint and efficient
 scalability have driven widespread adoption of NTRU by major consumer
 electronics, semiconductor and infrastructure companies.  Investors include
 Sony Corporation and Greylock. For more information, visit www.ntru.com.
 NTRU's products are protected by US Patent No. 6,081,597; other US and foreign
 patents pending.
 
 

SOURCE NTRU
    BURLINGTON, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NTRU, provider of the fastest
 and smallest public key security for emerging global wireless and consumer
 markets, announced today that William Whyte has joined the company as Director
 of Cryptographic Research and Development.  Whyte will join the NTRU research
 department headed by Jeffrey Hoffstein and Joseph Silverman and will be
 responsible for extending NTRU into new areas of secure, wireless
 communications, spearheading NTRU's public key cryptography system (PKCS)
 design and analysis, and participating in industry workgroups developing
 standards for efficient, embedded security.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000119/NEW003 )
     "William brings an unparalleled understanding of public key cryptography
 and industry knowledge to NTRU," said Scott Crenshaw, CEO of NTRU.  "There are
 many exciting possibilities for extending the applications of NTRU's
 techniques, all of which hold out the promise of bringing NTRU's unparalleled
 speed and efficiency to new areas of secure communication.  William's
 expertise is a tremendous asset to the future development of NTRU's PKCS."
     Before joining NTRU, Whyte served as senior cryptographer at Baltimore
 Technologies in Dublin, Ireland.  Whyte worked closely on the design and
 review of critical cryptographic architectures for scalable and deployable
 security solutions.  Whyte also supervised Baltimore's academic liaison
 program in the UK and Ireland, which included industrial sponsorship of a
 project on Formal Methods in Public Key Infrastructure at Dublin City
 University, and co-sponsorship of a research project on Quantum Cryptography
 at the University of London.
     "I am excited by the potential for a fast public key crypto algorithm,"
 said Whyte.  "The number of devices that are on-line is increasing faster than
 anyone can really comprehend.  Everyone will want security for their data in
 transit but no one will want that security to impact the end-user's experience
 from minute to minute. NTRU makes strong cryptography cheaper to implement in
 terms of server cycles, and hugely reduces the performance hit the end user
 sees from secure communications."
     Whyte has served as the secretary of the IEEE P1363 working group for the
 Standards in Public-Key Cryptography over the past year. He has also lectured
 and spoken on several occasions, and given courses on cryptographic design to
 many audiences, including military cryptographers in Israel.
     Whyte graduated with honors from Trinity College and received his Ph.D.
 from Oxford for a thesis on The Statistical Mechanics of Neural Networks.
 
     About NTRU
     NTRU, a critical enabling technology for emerging digital infrastructures,
 delivers the fastest and smallest public key cryptography solutions for
 wireless and embedded consumer applications.  NTRU delivers strong security
 while eliminating traditional speed, size, cost, and security tradeoffs.  NTRU
 operates up to 2,000 times faster than alternatives such as RSA and ECC, and
 in 1/50th the footprint.  High speed, small footprint and efficient
 scalability have driven widespread adoption of NTRU by major consumer
 electronics, semiconductor and infrastructure companies.  Investors include
 Sony Corporation and Greylock. For more information, visit www.ntru.com.
 NTRU's products are protected by US Patent No. 6,081,597; other US and foreign
 patents pending.
 
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