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Excellence in the Field of Mathematics Award

Published on Feb 25, 2014

Prof. Bart Preneel, COSIC, University of Leuven

This year’s recipient was selected amongst a list of the world’s leading cryptographers and was selected for his contributions to early understanding of hash functions, MAC functions, and his contributions to cipher design (stream and block ciphers) via cryptanalysis. One central contribution from Preneel is his classifying and characterizing of how to build hash functions from block ciphers (the PGV constructions), as well as hash functions based MAC functions (MDx-MAC and RIPMD-160). In addition he has been focused on maintaining a strong emphasize on convincing European bodies of the importance of crypto research as part of security and privacy concerns, and assuring funding for this research. He also served the crypto community (via the IACR) in various leadership capacities including the president of this body.

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Mr. OU Phannarith is one of the well-known cybersecurity experts in Cambodia and the region. He is the founder of the first leading information security website (www.secudemy.com) in Cambodia. He has been invited to present in global conferences, forums, and seminars and he was awarded in Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) in 2016 by (ISC)2 and in December 2012 as one of the top 10 Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) in ASEAN by the International Data Group (IDG). Mr. OU has been the Professor specializing in Cybersecurity.

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