Use of Elliptic Curves in Cryptography
Security Accomplishment | 1985
IBM researchers: Victor S. Miller
Where the work was done: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
What we accomplished: Miller (pictured) developed an improved and scalable mechanism for key exchange in cryptography.
Related links: From Use of Elliptic curves in Cryptography, a paper that appeared in the CRYPTO 85 conference: "We propose an analogue of the Diffie-Hellmann key exchange protocol which appears to be immune from attacks of the style of Western, Miller, and Adleman. With the current bounds for infeasible attack, it appears to be about 20% faster than the Diffie-Hellmann scheme over GF(p). As computational power grows, this disparity should get rapidly bigger.
Image credit: International Association for Cryptologic Research