J.R. Rao is the CTO of Security Research at IBM. Based in IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the global team comprises over two hundred researchers who work in the areas of Cryptography, Cybersecurity, Cloud, Mobile Security and Secure Platform Technologies. JR works closely with customers, academic partners and IBM business units to drive new and innovative technologies into IBM's products and services and definitive industry standards. The goal of his research is to significantly raise the bar on the quality of security while simultaneously easing the overhead of developing and deploying secure solutions.
JR has published widely in premier security conferences and workshops and and holds numerous US and European patents. He is a member of the prestigious IBM Academy of Technology as well as emeritus member of IFIP's Working Group 2.3 (Programming Methodology) and the Industry Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center. JR obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.