CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon BBN Technologies Chief Scientist Stephen Kent has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking contributions in cybersecurity. Over three decades, Kent's work has laid the foundation for modern Internet and email security encryption methods and standards. Raytheon BBN Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).
Kent is the second member of the Raytheon BBN team to be honored by the Internet Hall of Fame in as many years. Ray Tomlinson, a principal engineer with Raytheon BBN Technologies who sent the first network email in 1971 and saved the "@" symbol from probable extinction, was honored last year with the first inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Kent developed the world's first Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) end-to-end encryption system and is the author of the "core" Internet Protocol security suite (IPsec) standards, a key security component in major operating systems, firewall products and widely-deployed tunneling protocols. He helped lead the creation of the first email security standard, Privacy Enhanced Mail (PEM), and established the Internet's first Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which introduced the concepts of certificate policies and certification practice statements.
"It is an honor to join the distinguished individuals, including my Raytheon BBN colleague Ray Tomlinson, in the Internet Hall of Fame," said Kent. "Security and privacy have never been more challenging or important than they are today. Security experts must constantly design and implement leading-edge solutions to address an endless barrage of cyber threats."
This is the most recent of Kent's many prestigious honors. Among his other honors, he is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, where he served as a national lecturer; an Internet Society Pioneer Member; a Delta Epsilon Sigma Member; and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in Computer Science.
About The Internet Society and Its Internet Hall of Fame
The Internet Society established the Internet Hall of Fame last year to mark its 20th anniversary and to acknowledge the Internet's profound impact on society. An Advisory Board of computer scientists, software engineers, Internet developers, historians, executives, venture capitalists, authors, researchers, futurists, academics, analysts and journalists selected Internet Hall of Fame honorees from an open nomination process. The organization promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology and future development among users, companies, governments and other organizations.
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