Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate
PhD (2012) Computer Science, University of Waterloo
MSc (2008) Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa
BSc (2004) Bachelor of Engineering Science (Computer Engineering), Western University
Dr. Essex is an associate professor of software engineering with a specialization in cybersecurity and applied cryptography. He runs Whisper Lab, the Western Information Security and Privacy Research Laboratory.
His research focuses on both offensive and defensive topics in information security and data privacy. In the area of offensive research he is active in projects involving the discovery and mitigation of cryptographic protocol and implementation vulnerabilities in TLS and related web security technologies. In the area of defensive research he specializes in advanced threat detection and defence via the emerging paradigm of secure multi-party computation, and focuses on applications to trustworthy electronic voting and secure health informatics.
For more information visit his website: https://essex.cc