Avira Inc.opening, witness the history & future of security (updated)

You may wonder what the opening of the recently born company Avira Inc. (the U.S. daughter of the Avira Germany) has to do with the history and the future of the security.

 

Today, September 20th, there will be the official opening of the Avira Inc. and to celebrate this, we invited two special guests:  Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman to talk about IT Security.

If you don’t know these two gentlemen,  maybe you know the pair “Diffie-Hellman”.

If still doesn’t ring any bells, then read on (part of the text is from Wikipedia, the links point to Wikipedia articles).

Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman published in 1976 in the ground-breaking paper “New Directions in Cryptography” the scheme which was later called Diffie–Hellman key exchange (D–H). This is a specific method of exchanging cryptographic keys. It is one of the earliest practical examples of key exchange implemented within the field of cryptography. The Diffie–Hellman key exchange method allows two parties that have no prior knowledge of each other to jointly establish a shared secret key over an insecure communications channel. This key can then be used to encrypt subsequent communications using a symmetric key cipher. This basically set the basis for the Private Key Infrastructure (PKI), which is today the  standard in cryptography.

In very simple words, this schema allows two parties to exchange secrets which only they can read despite the fact that they exchange the secrets in open.

If you didn’t understand a word, don’t worry, there is still hope: watch this movie, curtesy of  Khan Academy.

So, we clarified the first part of the title: history of security.

Now, about the future of security.

At this opening, we will also celebrate the imminent launch of our security products in version 2013.

The new features of the Avira 2013 family of products are all designed to protect not just computer devices, but also computer users — wherever they are and whatever device they’re using. These new features give consumers a more secure browsing experience by protecting them from Internet scams and threats, in addition to keeping their computers free of viruses and malware.

Made you curious?

Then have a look here, to see more hints.

We will publish soon a more detailed post about all these features and you will also be able to download the products as well.

If you can’t wait until then, you can register to our public betatest.

 

Sorin Mustaca

Data Security Expert