Ian Goldberg

Tales from the Cryptography Expert

Nowadays, staying safe online means having to take special steps. If one cryptography professor has his way, that's all going to change.


Ian Goldberg is a Professor in the Cryptography, Security and Privacy (CrySP) group and in the Center for Applied Crytographic Research (CACR) at the University of Waterloo. We asked him what he likes most about his work and how he thinks it will make a difference in people’s lives in hopes of giving you a better understanding of one of the best minds in Canadian research.

What do you like most about your work?
What I like most about my work is that the tools I work on help protect the security, privacy, and physical safety of vulnerable populations around the world.

What do you envision in the future of your field?
My vision for the future is that all online communication will be secure and private by default, rather than forcing users to install special and sometimes cumbersome software to protect themselves and their communications from being targeted or just hoovered up in bulk.

How will your research make a difference in people’s lives?
We get people thanking us for our work, saying that it has literally saved lives.