RSA Conference 2020 Announces Excellence in the Field of Mathematics Award

San Francisco - Feb 25, 2020

RSA® Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced that two world-renowned cryptographers, Professor Joan Daemen and Professor Vincent Rijmen, are the recipients of its annual award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.

The award, chosen by an esteemed judging committee, recognizes innovation and ongoing contributions to the field of cryptography and mathematics. Daemen and Rijmen were selected out of dozens of nominated individuals and organizations, many affiliated with universities or research labs, who are all pioneers in their field and whose work has applied lasting value.

“For more than two decades, RSA Conference has honored the greatest innovators and contributors to the field of cryptography and mathematics and this year is no exception,” said Linda Gray Martin, Senior Director and General Manager, RSA Conference. “In that same amount of time, Daemen and Rijmen have proven to be pioneers in the field with work that has truly stood the test of time, despite drastic changes in the industry and constant new threats.”

Daemen and Rijmen were selected for their major contributions to symmetric key cryptography, including the development of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), also known as Rijndael, which is the standard encryption scheme to encrypt bulk data around the world, including for the U.S. government. Daemen, currently a professor at Radboud University, The Netherlands, and Rijmen, now a professor at KU Leuven, Belgium, co-designed AES in the late 1990s and it was chosen as a standard cipher by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2000.

"We are both honored to receive this award and be added to this impressive list of cryptographers," said Daemen. "I especially appreciate it because we did our work leading to Rijndael during the period I was working full-time for industry, 1995 through 2015.”

"We hope our collective work, as well as the achievements of many others here at RSA Conference, inspires the next generation to study computer science and mathematics in order to improve digital security for all the people,” added Rijmen.

For more information regarding RSA Conference 2020, taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this week from February 24-28, visit www.rsaconference.com/usa.

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