Room 3

17:40 - 18:40 (UTC+02)

Talk (60 min)

Why you shouldn't trust me

The way we do security is fundamentally flawed. Current systems only work when we trust a third party, and very often we are required to hand over highly sensitive personal information for everyday actions such as verifying ourselves or making payments. Enter Zero-Knowledge Proofs or ZKPs. ZKPs represent the holy grail of information security: they are ‘trustless’, meaning they do not require us to put blind faith in unknown verifying bodies. They are as secure as current methods, and their tolerance for secureness can be tailored. And most importantly, they do not disclose any private information. Sounds counterintuitive? This presentation aims to demystify ZKPs and how they can unlock value at unprecedented levels when combined with web3 technologies. We'll introduce you to a fascinating new topic, and give you some pointers on where you can learn more.


Keerthana Ganesh

Keerthana Ganesh is a Cloud Engineer who has been working at IBM as a part of the Client Engineering team with a background in Cyber Security ever since she graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Computer Science in 2019. During her career, she has worked with clients in the financial sector and healthcare sector working on projects involving data visualisations, anti-malware upgrades and database migrations.

She has been involved in a variety of outreach programs including encouraging more young women to take up technical degrees, presenting about Cyber-attacks at various Universities and teaching school students about the importance of cyber safety. Her passion outside of her career involves producing art as well as playing badminton.