In this talk, we will examine some of the practical key management problems that arise when using public key cryptography, explaining why they act as a barrier to the widespread adoption of the technology. We will discuss how these problems are addressed in traditional, certificate-based PKIs, and how identity-based cryptography can provide an alternative approach. We will also examine some recently-proposed applications for identity-based cryptography, evaluating the potential of identity-based techniques to transform the usage of public key cryptography.
Kenny obtained a B.Sc. in 1990 from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. from the University of London in 1993, both in Mathematics. He was then a Royal Society Fellow at Institute for Signal and Information Processing at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, from 1993 to 1994. After that, he was a Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Foundation Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London from 1994 to 1996.
Kenny joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Bristol, becoming a project manager in 1999. He then joined the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway in 2001, became a Reader in 2002 and Professor in 2004.
His research interests include Cryptography and Cryptographic Protocols, infrastructures supporting the use of public key cryptography, Network and Mobile Security, Coding Theory and the Mathematics of Communications.