1999 Conferences

2nd CACR Information Security Workshop

Leon Pintsov, Pitney Bowes

Optimal Mailing Certificates (aka Bullet Certificates) in Mail Payment Application

Mailing applications in industrial world require pre-payment, or more precisely pre-accounting by mailers. This means that mailers compute charges for postal services which postal administrations verify in order to have assurances that a) payment has been made or will be made b) the amount of payment correspond to the level of services provided. This arrangement being economically most effective requires certain verifiable information to be imprinted on mail items by mailers. This information must satisfy certain security requirements typically implemented through cryptographic security services, such data integrity and authentication. The main mechanism to achieve security goals is either MAC or Digital Signatures. This talk will address specific mailing applications and digital signatures including key management optimized for these applications.

Speaker Bio
Leon A. Pintsov has been with Pitney Bowes for 15 years and held positions with increasing degree of responsibility in production mail, strategic marketing, postal automation and advanced concepts and development. Leon is an internationally recognized authority in the field of postal payment security and payment applications in electronic commerce. He is also recognized as an expert in the field of computer imaging and Optical Character Recognition. He authored and co-authored a book on computer modeling of imaging devices and over 30 publications in the fields of computer imaging, cryptographic applications and postal economics. He was also an invited speaker and presenter at many major international conferences on electronic commerce, public key cryptography, postal technology and postal economics.

Leon is inventor and co-inventor in 28 US and international patents. He was named Pitney Bowes Inventor of the Year in 1996 and 1997. In 1985 Leon was elected to the rank of a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is listed in Who is Who in America in Frontiers of Science and Technology. Leon is a member of American National Standards Institute's accredited committee X9.F1 on financial security and European Standardisation Committee (CEN) on postal standards. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Applied Cryptographic Research at the University of Waterloo (Canada).

Leon holds a M.S. degree in Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of St. Petersburg (Russia), Executive M.S. degree in Management Science from the Hartford Graduate Center of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Institute of Telecommunication Engineering in St. Petersburg.