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CSIS Seminar

Decentralized cryptography eliminates identity and transaction fraud for everyone

Speaker:   TBD
When:   January 25, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where:   Zoom


For the past 50+ years, humans have had to identify and authenticate themselves to computers. While the Internet grew ever more essential to our everyday lives, this domain-centric approach to security has perpetuated inherent vulnerabilities such as human errors, social engineering and insider attacks. In 2020, new groundbreaking technologies became commercially available that enable a completely new person-centric approach to cryptographic identity, authentication and data security. The talk will introduce this new opportunity, and will show how it eliminates identity and transaction fraud for everyone. Join Zoom Meeting https://gmu.zoom.us/j/99278526402?pwd=dk13T0tMa2huam9rMWo1cTIzUDZmZz09 Meeting ID: 992 7852 6402 Passcode: 041407 One tap mobile +12678310333,,99278526402#,,,,*041407# US (Philadelphia) +13017158592,,99278526402#,,,,*041407# US (Washington D.C)

Speaker Bio

Manu is the Founder and CEO of Hushmesh, a cybersecurity startup that eliminates both identity and transaction fraud. The "mesh" enables tamperproof identity, globally trustworthy authentication and end-to-end cryptographic transactions for everyone, everything, everywhere. Before founding Hushmesh, Manu led Brightspot's marketing and business strategy, a next-generation Digital Experience Platform. Earlier at Brightspot, he secured new digital product and platform business with The Coca-Cola Company, U.S. News, Univision, Hanley Wood and more. Prior to Brightspot, Manu joined EMC to spearhead the company’s entry in the consumer space. He launched EMC LifeLine, a new consumer-friendly operating system for Network Attached Storage devices, and brought it to market with partners such as Intel and Iomega. He worked closely with Mozy, Iomega and EMC’s CTO Office to craft innovative storage solutions for consumers. Manu won the 2008 EMC Innovation Showcase Award for Constellation Computing, an aptly named and trademarked distributed approach to Cloud computing. Prior to EMC, Manu led the Safety, Security and Privacy Center of Excellence at AOL, and oversaw a portfolio of over 100 products, including AOL Parental Control and AOL Security Center. He personally led AOL PassCode and AOL Key, two subscription-based products intended to bring two-factor authentication to consumers. Prior to that, he led AOL’s Home Networking and Digital Home technology initiatives, which evolved into a strategic alliance with Sony. Prior to AOL, Manu started and led Alcatel's WebTouch consumer screenphone business in the US. In his earlier years with the company, Manu developed multimedia broadband devices for endoscopic surgeons as a member of the Alcatel Corporate Research Center in Strasbourg, France. Manu holds two Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is fluent in English and French.