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Entries from July 2015

Discretix Technologies is now part of ARM

Discretix Technologies, a.k.a., Sansa Security, was acquired by ARM, as was now announced. I have been working with Discretix since its day of establishment, 15 years ago. I have been serving as its CTO and as the head of its CTO Office since January 2012.

Discretix is a pure-play security provider in the embedded domain. Over the years it has migrated from producing hardware-only crypto solutions to producing hardware and software solutions for content protection, to providing a client-server solution for provisioning, and finally to launching a provisioning service and operation. Sticking with this company throughout those changes easily counts as one of the most special experiences in my career.

Why secure e-voting is so hard to get

A few days ago I gave a lecture about innovation and one topic that came up was the security of e-voting. It is widely accepted by the security community that e-voting cannot be made secure enough, and yet existing literature on the topic seems to lack high level discussion on the basis for this assumption.

Following is my opinion on why reliable fully digital e-voting cannot be accomplished given its threat and security models.

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