CISIM 2010

Matyáš Václav, Associate Professor

Václav (Vashek) Matyáš
Václav (Vashek) Matyáš is an Associate Professor at the Masaryk University Brno, CZ, chairing its Department of Computer Systems and Communications. His research interests relate to applied cryptography and security, where he published nearly hundred peer-reviewed papers and articles, and co-authored six books. He worked with Microsoft Research Cambridge, University College Dublin, Ubilab at UBS AG, and was a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow with the Cambridge University Computer Lab. Vashek is one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Identity in the Information Society journal, he edited the Computer and Communications Security Reviews, and worked on the development of Common Criteria and with ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27. He received his PhD degree from Masaryk University, Brno and can be contacted at matyas AT
Keynote Title:
Security of Biometric Authentication Systems

This keynote is based on my research in the field of security of biometric authentication systems, undertaken with my colleague Zdenek Riha over the past dozen years. We will outline our views of actual security of biometric authentication and encryption systems. The attractiveness of some novel approaches like cryptographic key generation from biometric data is in some respect understandable, yet so far has lead to various shortcuts and compromises on security.
We will start with the issues of variability of biometric characteristics, with a particular attention paid to biometrics used in large systems. The following parts of our talk then will focus on the potential for biometric authentication systems, and for the use of biometrics in support of cryptographic applications as they are typically used in computer systems.