Prof. dr. Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. He is one of the founders of a vigorously-growing new academic discipline, the economics of information security. Ross was also a seminal contributor to the idea of peer-to-peer systems and an inventor of the AES finalist encryption algorithm “Serpent”.

He also has well-known publications on many other technical security topics including hardware tamper-resistance, medical record systems and smart meters.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IET and the IMA. He also wrote the standard textbook “Security Engineering – a Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems”.

Research Interest

Economics and psychology of information security – including security and human behavior.
Peer-to-Peer and social network systems – including the Eternity Service, cocaine auctions and suicide bombing.
Reliability of security systems – including bank fraud and hardware hacking.
Robustness of cryptographic protocols – including API attacks.
Analysis and design of cryptographic algorithms – including Tiger and Serpent.
Information hiding – including Soft Tempest and stego file systems.
Security of clinical information systems – including NHS databases.
Privacy and freedom issues – including FIPR.


Full Professor in Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Head of Cryptography, University of Cambridge
Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering


PhD in Computer Security, Trinity College, Cambridge
MA in Computer Engineering, Trinity College, Cambridge
BA in Mathematics and Natural Science, Trinity College, Cambridge

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