Alessandro Sorniotti

Research Staff Member, IBM, zurich, switzerland
At the cutting edge of blockchain security research


About IBM Research

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Alessandro is a research staff member in the blockchain group of IBM Research – Zurich. Prior to joining IBM, he was a member of the Security & Trust research program of SAP Research.

He has been engaged in several EU projects including Avantssar (formal validation of security properties in service-oriented infrastructures) and TClouds (security and reliability in cloud computing).

He has also been a member of the SAP Product Security Team, acting as an internal security consultant for SAP business units.

His current research interests revolve around the study of security and reliability aspects of storage systems (if you want to know more you can take a look here). Alessandro holds a PhD in applied cryptography from Telecom ParisTech (former Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris) and a double MSc degree from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) in Computer Science and from EURECOM in Networking.