Ross J. Anderson
Ross Anderson in 2008
|Born||Ross John Anderson
15 September 1956 
|Residence||near Sandy, Bedfordshire United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, MA, PhD)|
|Thesis||Robust Computer Security (1995)|
|Doctoral advisor||Roger Needham|
Ross John Anderson, FRS FREng(born 1956) is a researcher, writer, and industry consultant in security engineering. He is Cambridge University’s Head of Cryptography and Professor in Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge where he is part of the Security Group.
Anderson was educated at the High School of Glasgow. In 1978, Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and natural science from Trinity College, Cambridge, and subsequently received a qualification in computer engineering. He worked in the avionics and banking industry before moving in 1992 back to the University of Cambridge, to work on his doctorate under the supervision of Roger Needham and start his career as an academic researcher. He received his PhD in 1995, and became a lecturer in the same year.
Anderson's research interests are in Security, Cryptology, Dependability and Technology policy. In cryptography, he designed with Eli Biham the BEAR, LION and Tiger cryptographic primitives, and coauthored with Biham and Lars Knudsen the block cipher Serpent, one of the finalists in the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) competition. He has also discovered weaknesses in the FISH cipher and designed the stream cipher Pike.
He is well-known among Cambridge academics as an outspoken defender of academic freedoms, intellectual property, and other matters of university politics. He is engaged in the ″Campaign for Cambridge Freedoms″  and has been an elected member of Cambridge University Council since 2002. In January 2004, the student newspaper Varsity declared Anderson to be Cambridge University’s “most powerful person”.
Anderson's TCPA FAQ has been characterized by IBM TC researcher David R. Safford as "full of technical errors" and of "presenting speculation as fact."
For years Anderson has been arguing that by their nature large databases will never be free of abuse by breaches of security. He has said that if a large system is designed for ease of access it becomes insecure; if made watertight it becomes impossible to use. This is sometimes known as Anderson's Rule.
After the vast Global surveillance disclosure leaked by Edward Snowden beginning June 2013 Anderson suggested one way to begin stamping out the British state’s unaccountable involvement in this NSA spying scandal is to entirely end the domestic secret services. Anderson: “Were I a legislator, I would simply abolish MI5.” Anderson notes the only way this kind of systemic data collection has been made possible was through the business models of private industry. The value of information-driven web companies such as Facebook and Google is built around their ability to gather vast tracts of data. It was something the intelligence agencies would have struggled with alone.
Awards and honours
Anderson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2009. His nomination reads:
|“||Professor Ross Anderson, Personal Chair in Security Engineering, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
Ross Anderson is a pioneer and world leader in security engineering, and is distiinguished for starting a number of new areas of research in hardware, software and systems.
He has made trailblazing contributions that helped establish a number of new reesearch (sic) topics, including security usability, hardware tamper-resistance, information hiding, and the analysis of application programming interfaces.
He is also one of the founders of the study of information security economics, which not only illuminates where the most effective attacks and defences may be found, but is also of fundamental importance to making policy for the information society.
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- Anderson, Ross (2008). Security engineering: a guide to building dependable distributed systems. New York: John Wiley. ISBN 0-470-06852-3.
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- Anderson, R. J. (1999). "Information technology in medical practice: Safety and privacy lessons from the United Kingdom". The Medical journal of Australia 170 (4): 181–4. PMID 10078187.
- Anderson, Ross John (2014). Robust Computer Security (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
- Petitcolas, F. A. P.; Anderson, R. J.; Kuhn, M. G. (1999). "Information hiding-a survey". Proceedings of the IEEE 87 (7): 1062. doi:10.1109/5.771065.
- Ross Anderson: Why information security is hard – an economic perspective, ACSAC 2001.
- Campaign for Cambridge Freedoms
- Election to the Council: Notices 2 December 2002 and 7 November 2006, Cambridge University Reporter
- Cambridge Power 100, Varsity, Issue 591, 16 January 2004
- Ross Anderson: ‘Trusted Computing’ Frequently Asked Questions, August 2003
- Guardian newspaper article on a security breach, in which Anderson's Rule is formulated
- Cambridge's Head of Cryptography: I Would Abolish MI5, Forbes, 3 January 2013
- Technology Visionaries: Professor Ross Anderson FRS FREng - Royal Academy of Engineering on YouTube, Royal Academy of Engineering