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Cryptography pioneer Whit Diffie joins ICANN staff

Fri, 05/14/2010 - 9:30am
The Associated Press

Cryptography pioneer Whit Diffie has joined the staff of the Internet's key oversight agency for domain names.

As vice president for information security and cryptography, Diffie will provide general advice on security and help manage networks operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

Diffie previously served as vice president and chief security officer at Sun Microsystems Inc., where he worked from 1991 to 2009, just before Oracle Corp. took over Sun.

A paper Diffie co-wrote in 1976 advanced computer scientists' understanding of how to deal with the mathematical keys required for unscrambling sensitive messages.

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