2nd CACR Information Security Workshop
Leon Pintsov, Pitney Bowes
Optimal Mailing Certificates (aka Bullet Certificates) in Mail Payment
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.
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.