Cryptography Research, Inc. Expands Engineering Team to Meet Increasing Global Demand for DPA Countermeasures

SAN FRANCISCO , California. — August 3, 2009 — Cryptography Research, Inc., a world leader in security systems, today announced the hiring of Pankaj Rohatgi as technical director, hardware security solutions. Rohatgi will help Cryptography Research’s engineering team expand its research and development capabilities to meet increasing global demand for the company’s countermeasures to Simple Power Analysis (SPA), Differential Power Analysis (DPA) and other side-channel attacks. Cryptography Research’s security technologies are widely used to secure microchips, payment devices and other electronic devices.

"Pankaj arrives at an exciting time for Cryptography Research, following a quick succession of key milestones we have achieved in the licensing of our DPA countermeasures. In recent months, we have announced business agreements with several global leaders including MasterCard, Samsung, NXP, Renesas, Infineon, and others, creating the need to expand our engineering team to meet this increased demand," said Benjamin Jun, vice president of technology at Cryptography Research. "Dr. Rohatgi’s top-flight skills and formidable track record in system security and side-channel analysis reinforce our commitment to protecting electronic devices from DPA and SPA."

Rohatgi joins Cryptography Research from IBM, where he worked for 13 years as a research scientist and was manager of the information security group for the past four years. He played a significant role in developing products such as the IBM 4758 crypto co-processor and IBM’s System S, and he led several security projects within IBM and with commercial and government customers. He also conducted research in cryptography, side-channel analysis, network and systems security and security for embedded systems. Rohatgi co-chaired the CHES 2008 conference and serves on the CHES steering committee. From 1993 to 1996, Rohatgi worked at Thomson R&D Labs and at Sun-Thomson Interactive Alliance as the security architect for the OpenTV operating system for Interactive TV. Rohatgi holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University.

"I am delighted to have been given the responsibility to help lead Cryptography Research into the next phase of DPA research, an area that has grown in importance for all manufacturers of tamper resistant semiconductors, as well as those who rely upon the security of such devices. This area has become a major research focus worldwide, and I look forward to helping Cryptography Research remain the thought leader in this area," said Rohatgi.  

Cryptography Research’s discovery of SPA and DPA in the 1990s triggered the investigation into a new class of noninvasive attacks, known as Side Channel Analysis. DPA, the most powerful of these attacks, involves monitoring the fluctuating electrical power consumption of a target device and then using advanced statistical methods to derive cryptographic keys and other secrets. The strong countermeasures to DPA offered by Cryptography Research help protect security chips used in banking, pay television, mass transit, government, secure ID, wireless telecommunications and other applications.