Cryptography Research, Inc. Expands Team to Support Business Development as Worldwide Demand for DPA Countermeasures Continues to Increase
SAN FRANCISCO, California — March 17, 2009 — Cryptography Research, Inc. today announced the hiring of Carole Coplan as vice president of business development, tamper resistance solutions. Coplan will help expand the company’s licensing business as global demand for Cryptography Research’s countermeasures to Simple Power Analysis (SPA) and Differential Power Analysis (DPA) attacks continues to increase. Coplan’s focus will include technology licensing to government agencies and their suppliers, helping ensure that government security products include defenses against SPA and DPA attacks as mandated by the forthcoming Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-3.
“Carole’s wealth of experience and track record for success make her a tremendous asset to our DPA countermeasures licensing business, including our rapidly-expanding business with government vendors and contractors in the U.S. and elsewhere seeking to comply with FIPS 140-3,” said Kit Rodgers, vice president of business development & licensing at Cryptography Research.
Administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), FIPS 140 is a U.S. government standard which specifies validation requirements for cryptographic devices purchased by the U.S. government. FIPS 140-3, currently in review, requires that certain products include security measures to protect against SPA and DPA. Discovered by Cryptography Research engineers over a decade ago, SPA and DPA can be used to extract secret keys by analyzing a device’s power consumption while in use, enabling adversaries to duplicate ID cards, access private IT systems, or carry out other malicious attacks. Cryptography Research has been awarded broad patents worldwide covering the fundamental techniques for preventing SPA and DPA, and is committed to helping secure devices against such power analysis attacks. In her new role, Coplan will help contractors and government entities license Cryptography Research’s countermeasures.
“Cryptography Research is well-known for its in-depth work related to researching power analysis attacks and developing cutting-edge countermeasures, and my business development and licensing experience will help the company develop its licensing business,” said Coplan. “I am excited to join such an innovative company, and I look forward to helping accelerate the wide-spread adoption and licensing of Cryptography Research’s SPA and DPA solutions and patents.”
Prior to joining Cryptography Research, Coplan served as general counsel for Responsys, a leading global provider of marketing-related technology solutions, where she oversaw the company’s legal affairs, including licensing and other transactional matters, intellectual property, regulatory and corporate matters and litigation. While at Responsys, Coplan developed and grew a highly scalable licensing program amid rapid product development and services growth, helping the company reach new markets and nearly quadruple its revenue. Before that, Coplan was general counsel and chief administrative officer for Epylon Corporation, a subsidiary of Accenture LLP which provides technology products and services to government entities. Coplan’s experience also includes serving as counsel for the successor to First Nationwide Financial Corporation, where she managed the bank’s litigation. Coplan earned a juris doctorate degree from San Francisco Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. She has security and data privacy expertise and holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.