Security Voices

Transforming healthcare & protecting privacy in a post-quantum world with RSA’s CTO, Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan



Discussing cryptography is usually a surefire way to end a dinner conversation. It combines two things that intimidate (and bore) many people: hard tech and complex math. In spite of this, cryptography is on center stage today as it is the very foundation of defending our privacy and perhaps unlocking how we can safely share health information in the midst of the pandemic. There are few people who both understand and can explain cryptography in plain English better than Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan, CTO of RSA.Our hour long conversation with Zully tackles how concepts such as zero knowledge proofs and multiparty computation might be applied during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Historically, sharing healthcare information has been an “all or nothing” affair with difficult privacy trade-offs being made in the name of ensuring we receive the right care at the right time. Zully takes us through how long standing encryption concepts, now made practical by advances in computing, may allow us to selectively share vital h