Bob Blakley, IBM Tivoli's Chief Scientist For Security And Privacy

Blakley has been involved in cryptography and data security design since 1979, and he has authored several papers on cryptography, access control, and other aspects of computer security. He's also a shutterbug.
Bob Blakley, IBM Tivoli's chief scientist for security and privacy -- Photograph by Matthew Mahon

Photograph by Matthew Mahon
Bob Blakley
IBM Tivoli's chief scientist for security and privacy

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Companies need solid identity management systems to secure assets and meet regulatory requirements. They "should start managing people at the hiring process and end long after they leave the company," Blakley says.

"Privacy exists only where respect for the individual exists. If you don't have that, all of the compliance legislation and technology won't result in good protection of people's privacy."

All In The Family
The son of a cryptographer, Blakley has security in his DNA and more than a dozen patents to his name, covering technologies such as single sign-on and access-control systems. "It's been an added benefit of my work. I didn't grow up wanting to be Thomas Edison."

Picture This
Blakley spurns digital pictures in favor of film. "Photography is all about learning how to see. It's not about the technology."

Also a jazz buff, Blakley did the photos for a calendar created by a jazz club in his hometown of Austin, Texas. He's no musician, though. "I had the Wicked Witch of the West as a piano teacher, so I never learned how to play."

Interview by Larry Greenemeier

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