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Nigel Smart joins the advisory board of Confidencial Inc.

Confidencial Newsroom

Dec 20, 2022

Confidencial Announces the Appointment of Nigel Smart to its Board of Advisors.

Smart joins the Confidencial team in expanding its platform and leveraging additional advanced cryptographic techniques to protect distributed enterprises.

Menlo Park, CA - December 20, 2022.  Confidencial announced today the appointment of Nigel Smart to its Advisory Board. 

Prof. Nigel Smart is a world-renowned cryptography researcher, author,  and entrepreneur, best known for his work in elliptic curve cryptography, fully homomorphic encryption, and multi-party computation.

“Helping Confidencial in their journey is really exciting.” said Smart “The founders are excellent in their fields and bring great expertise to the table. After seeing an early demo of the offering from Confidencial it was clear to me that the company has the potential to make a great step-change in the way organizations process complex documents which contain information that needs to be kept confidential in different ways to different people.”

Smart has held a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, two ERC Advanced Grants, and was Vice President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (2014-2016). In 2016 he was named a Fellow of the IACR.

Smart was a founder of the startup Identum, which was bought by Trend Micro in 2008. In 2013 he co-founded Unbound Security, which was sold to Coinbase in 2022. He is also the co-founder, along with Kenny Paterson, of the Real World Cryptography conference series. Since 2018, Smart has been based in the COSIC group at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Nigel’s expertise in most areas of cryptography, intimate knowledge of cryptographic standards, in addition to his experience productizing cryptography is invaluable as we enter a critical stage of launching our product.

Karim Eldefrawy, CTO and Co-founder of Confidencial

It is an honor to collaborate with Nigel on advancing the application of cryptography at Confidencial. He is one of the best-known cybersecurity experts in the world and has managed to deliver a new generation of cryptography technology with proven commercial success.

Razmik Abnous, CEO and Co-founder of Confidencial

About Confidencial Inc

Confidencial is a Menlo Park, California-based provider of privacy-enhancing technologies that enable zero-trust sharing of unstructured documents on a need-to-know basis inside and outside the enterprise. Its core technology, which integrates with existing business applications, was originally developed under Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) programs. Its founding team is composed of leading business software executives and cybersecurity and cryptography experts.

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