Derek Atkins Joins SecureRF as Chief Technology Officer

Derek Atkins Joins SecureRF as Chief Technology Officer

Shelton, CT (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

SecureRF Corporation, a provider of identification, authentication, and data protection technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that Derek Atkins joined the company as its new Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Atkins specializes in architecting, designing, developing, and deploying network and systems security applications. Mr. Atkins was formally a senior member of the technical staff at Mocana Corporation, Senior Principal Software Engineer at Symantec (formally PGP Corporation), Senior Research Scientist at Telcordia Technologies (Bellcore), Chief Technology Officer at Arepa, Inc. (Into Networks) and a member of the technical staff at Sun Microsystems. Mr. Atkins also served as President of IHTFP Consulting, Inc., an Atlanta based consulting firm he founded in 2001 to provide expert services in Internet and computer system security.

“Derek’s deep background in Public Key cryptography will help us build the next generation of security and privacy solutions for our sensor and single chip solutions addressing the Internet of Things” said Louis Parks, SecureRF’s CEO. “He will work directly with our commercial and defense customers to ensure our security protocols meet their needs and he will lead our efforts within various standards organizations including AIM and ISO.”

Mr. Atkins has been extremely active in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet standardization body. As a member of the IETF, Mr. Atkins was instrumental in the design and standardization of several major Internet protocols, including the OpenPGP and Instant Messaging protocols. Mr. Atkins currently serves as chairman of the Open Web Authorization (Oauth) Working Group, and formerly served as chairs of the now-closed Kerberized Internet Negotiation of Keys Working Group, the Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol Working Group, and the OpenPGP working group. He also serves on the IETF’s Security Directorate and formerly served on the IETF’s Domain Name System Directorate in the role of security guru.

Mr. Atkins holds several patents in the area of secure content delivery. Publications authored by Mr. Atkins include “The Magic Words are Squeamish Ossifrage” in AsiaCrypt ’94, “Scaling the Web of Trust: Combining Kerberos and PGP to Provide Large Scale Authentication” published at Usenix 1995, and “Media Bank: Access and Access Control” published in 1995 by the MIT Media Lab. Mr. Atkins earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and his Masters in Media Arts and Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About SecureRF

SecureRF provides cryptographic security solutions for wireless sensors, embedded systems and other devices that are part of the Internet of Things. The company’s patented cryptographic protocols, in combination with industry-standard security methods, provide the smallest and fastest solutions for resource constrained platforms where little or no security currently exists. These environments include wireless sensors, Blue Tooth Low Energy (BLE), Near Field Communications (NFC), RFID and Smart Cards, and machine to machine (M2M) applications. More information about SecureRF can be found on its Web site at SecureRF’s insights into security can be found on its blog at

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