Monday, February 3, 2014

The Daily Record newspaper has named Jonathan Katz, professor of computer science and director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, as one of its 50 Influential Marylanders for 2014.

Jonathan KatzCreated in 2006 to honor people who have made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in the state of Maryland, awardees are selected from the following categories: civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.

Katz was noted for his leadership role at the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, one of 15 centers and labs in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and a joint venture between two colleges—the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

The Maryland Cybersecurity Center takes a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity education, research and technology development—stressing interdisciplinary solutions. The center brings together experts in computer science, computer engineering, business and economics, public policy, criminology, and information studies to defend against cyber attacks. The unique expertise of the faculty and their collaborations with government and industry partners enable them to explore both technical and non-technical approaches to improving the security of computer systems.

Katz was appointed to a three-year term as director of the center on Oct. 24, 2013. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 2002, having previously worked as a research scientist at Telcordia Technologies (now Applied Communications Research). Katz has published more than 100 scientific articles and two books, including a widely used undergraduate textbook on cryptography. He has also done extensive consulting work for U.S. government agencies and private corporations, mostly involving cryptographic protocols and algorithms.

Katz earned his doctoral degree in computer science from Columbia University. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Katz will receive his award at a banquet on March 27 in Hunt Valley, Md.