From Concept to Deployment—The Life (and Death) of Security Features

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 9:00am9:30am

Glenn Wurster, Senior Security Research Manager, BlackBerry


The research world is filled with new ideas about how to increase the security of shipping products. Many of these ideas, however, never manage to make it into production. Some ideas form the core for other technologies that do end up making it, some are relegated to a footnote in subsequent academic papers, and some disappear into obscurity.

In this presentation, I’ll provide a case-study of several features developed either in the academic community or internally at BlackBerry. At least one of these features has made it into a shipping product, while others have been left on the cutting-room floor. I’ll explore how the core idea morphed and was adapted before it managed to make it into product.

Glenn Wurster, Senior Security Research Manager, BlackBerry

Glenn Wurster has spent the last five years as a security researcher for BlackBerry, breaking things and researching new security technologies for BlackBerry products. He works alongside developers to introduce security mitigations and eliminate vulnerabilities. Glenn holds a Ph.D. in Computer Security from Carleton University. In addition to working with BlackBerry researchers and developers, he also works alongside external researchers to advance the field of computer security. He has been on several program committees, including most recently being the co-chair of the Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices Workshop, co-located with the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security.

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author = {Glenn Wurster},
title = {From Concept to {Deployment{\textemdash}The} Life (and Death) of Security Features},
year = {2016},
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