Accomplished cryptographers, including Pretty Good Privacy creator Philip Zimmermann, are among the five inductees into this year's National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. They'll officially be enshrined on Oct. 30 in Baltimore.
Zimmermann, in addition to developing the widely used PGP email encryption software is founder of mobile privacy company Silent Circle and is known for his work in securing VoIP via protocols such as ZRTP and Zfone.
The other inductees, chosen from among 200 nominations, are:
*Columbia University Professor of Computer Science Steven Bellovin, a noted security and networking researcher. Claims to fame include serving as chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.
*Vinton Cerf, widely considered one of the Fathers of the Internet for his work on TCP/IP. He is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, as well as the member of more halls of fame than we can count.
*Paul Kocher, who designed the cryptographic elements of Secure Sockets Layer 3 in the mid-1990s while a Stanford University undergrad.
*Richard Alan Clarke is the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States, and under President George W. Bush, he served as the Special Advisor on cybersecurity.
Nominees were considered for their accomplishments in areas such as technology, policy, public awareness, education and business. The Hall was formed by companies and organizations to honor individuals and organizations whose vision and leadership established the building blocks for the cybersecurity industry.
The Hall started up in 2012, with previous inductees including the researchers behind the RSA cryptosystem and public-key cryptography pioneer Whitfield Diffie.
Tickets for the Cyber Security Hall of Fame Dinner event are $250 and available at: http://tinyurl.com/cshofevent.