J. Alex Halderman

J. Alex Halderman

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

J. Alex Halderman is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. He is well known for developing the "cold boot" attack against disk encryption, which altered widespread security assumptions about the behavior of RAM, influenced computer forensics practice, and inspired the creation of a new subfield of theoretical cryptography. A noted expert on electronic voting security, he helped lead the first independent review of the election technology used by half a billion voters in India, which prompted the national government to undertake major technical reforms. His work has won numerous distinctions, including two best paper awards from the Usenix Security conference. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton in 2009.