AarajNKeynote: Applied Cryptography and Practical Example (E11a) Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Senior Vice President of Special Projects at DarkMatter, is responsible for evaluating and customizing secure product architecture; for evaluating, designing and setting up special projects related to authentication and cryptology systems, and for overseeing the development and operation of DarkMatter’s test and validation labs. With a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Princeton University and more than 10 years of experience working with global firms such as Booz & Co, NEC Labs, IBM Security Research Labs and Intel, Najwa brings extensive practical knowledge of cyber security implementations in the United States, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Her particular expertise includes cryptography, trusted platforms, security architecture for embedded systems, software exploit detection and prevention systems, and biometrics. Before joining DarkMatter, Najwa was a Senior Associate with Booz & Company, where she led consulting engagements in the communication and technology industry for clients across four continents. Prior to that, she held several research positions, including Research Fellow with IBM T. J. Watson Security Research in New York, and with the Intel Security Research Group in Portland, Oregon. She also was a Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey. Reflecting the scope of her research and professional accomplishments, she has a number of publications and patents to her name. These include a patent for “Optimizing Performance of Integrity Monitoring” and more than half a dozen papers. Najwa earned a Master of Science Degree in Computer and Information Systems Security / Information Assurance from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University in Beirut.