Elisabeth Oswald

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Elisabeth Oswald
Alma materGraz University of Technology
Scientific career
ThesisOn Side-Channel Attacks and the Application of Algorithmic Countermeasures (2003)
Doctoral advisorReinhard Posch [de]

Maria Elisabeth Oswald is an Austrian cryptographer known for her work on side-channel attacks including power analysis and on implementations of cryptosystems that are resistant to these attacks.[1] She is a professor at the University of Klagenfurt.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Oswald is originally from Wolfsberg, Carinthia. She studied mathematics and information processing at the Graz University of Technology,[2] completing her Ph.D. there in 2003 with the dissertation On Side-Channel Attacks and the Application of Algorithmic Countermeasures supervised by Reinhard Posch [de].[3]

She started working at the University of Bristol in 2006 as a lecturer, and later became Professor in Applied Cryptography there.[4] She moved to Klagenfurt in 2019,[2] describing herself as a "Brexit refugee".[1] She continues to be affiliated with the University of Bristol as an Honorary Professor.[5]


With Stefan Mangard and Thomas Popp, Oswald is a coauthor of the book Power Analysis Attacks: Revealing the Secrets of Smartcards (Springer, 2007).[6]


  1. ^ a b "Man kann alles attackieren" [You can attack anything], Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung (in German), 27 December 2019
  2. ^ a b c The University of Klagenfurt makes the first professorial appointment to the Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC): Elisabeth Oswald, who specializes in researching cybersecurity, arrives in Klagenfurt, University of Klagenfurt, 24 September 2019, retrieved 2020-09-30
  3. ^ Elisabeth Oswald at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Dr Maria Oswald, University of Bristol, retrieved 2020-09-30
  5. ^ "Dr Maria Oswald, Honorary Professor", Faculty of Engineering People, University of Bristol, retrieved 2020-09-30
  6. ^ Tisserand, Arnaud (2010), "Review of Power Analysis Attacks" (PDF), IACR Book Reviews, International Association for Cryptologic Research

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