DR. TAHER EL GAMAL
Dr. Taher El Gamal is a founding member and the vice chairman of SecureMisr. Dr. Taher Elgamal is an Egyptian cryptographer.
In 1985, Dr. Elgamal published a paper titled “A Public key Cryptosystem and A Signature Scheme based on discrete Logarithms” in which he proposed the design of the “ElGamal discrete log cryptosystem and of the ElGamal signature scheme”. The latter scheme became the basis for Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) adopted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as the Digital Signature Standard (DSS). He also participated in the ‘SET’ credit card payment protocol, plus a number of Internet payment schemes.
Dr. Elgamal obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Cairo University, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. He served as chief scientist at Netscape Communications from 1995 to 1998 where he was a driving force behind SSL. He also was the director of engineering at RSA Security Inc. before founding Securify in 1998 and becoming their CEO. When Securify was acquired by Kroll-O’Gara he became the President of its information security group. (2004), Securify is again independent and Elgamal is Chief Technical Officer & Co-Chair of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Taher Elgamal was awarded the RSA conference Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the information technology (IT) security field. Dr. Elgamal is credited as the inventor of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, a standard for securing internet transactions.
Dr. Elgamal currently serves as the CTO, Security at Salesforce.com. He is a co-founder of NokNok Labs and InfoSec Global. He serves as a director of Vindicia, Inc., which provides online payment services, Zix Corporation, which provides email encryption services. and Bay Dynamics. He has served as an advisor to Cyphort, BitGlass, Onset Ventures, Glenbrook Partners, PGP corporation, Arcot Systems, Finjan, Actiance, Symplified, and Zetta. He served as Chief Security Officer of Axway, Inc. He is vice chairman of SecureMisr