I am currently a contract researcher in the Department of Computer Science in the University of Bristol. Previously, I was employed as a researcher at the Coding and Cryptography Group in University College Cork. Before this I was a student at Royal
Holloway, University of London,
where I was finishing my PhD. thesis on side channel and fault
on embedded devices. This work was supervised by Chris Mitchell and
instigated by David Naccache. This work was also supported
by Konstantinos Markantonakis and Keith Mayes of Royal
Holloway's Smart Card Centre.
Between June 1998 and August 2005, I was employed by Gemplus Card
International (recently changed to Gemalto
after a merger with Axalto). The roles I had within Gemplus's Card
Security Group were the following:
Design, implementation and evaluation of embedded software
Security evaluation of cryptographic algorithms against state-of-the-art
side channel and fault attacks.
Product evaluation for Mastercard certification of EMV
Industrialisation of attack techniques for evaluation
purposes e.g. automated attack tools for attempted PIN or key recovery.
Development of command filters on smart cards to facilitate
security testing of implemented countermeasures.
Development of attack tools as required e.g. piloting
devices or implementing cryptanalytical attacks.
During the same period I attended the Msc. in Secure Electronic
Commerce run by the Information
Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London on a
part time basis between September 1999 and August 2001.