ESW #315 – Matt Johansen, Kayla Lee, Vadim Lyubashevsky
Kayla Lee is the Global Lead for Partner Experience & Operations with IBM Quantum, where she leads strategic initiatives to develop the growing quantum ecosystem focused on accelerating research, technical exploration, and partner success.
Kayla joined IBM Quantum in 2018 as an industry consultant, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies to explore potential quantum computing applications across industries, including healthcare & life sciences, financial services, and media & entertainment.
Kayla holds a BS in Molecular Biology from Hampton University and a PhD in Systems Biology from Harvard University.
Dr. Vadim Lyubashevsky is a cryptographer in the security group at IBM Research Europe in Zurich, where he has worked since 2015. From 2010-2015, he was an Inria researcher (chargé de recherche) in the crypto group at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and prior to that, a post-doc in the Foundations of Computing group at Tel-Aviv University (hosted by Oded Regev) from 2008 – 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego (advised by Daniele Micciancio) in 2008.
His research focus is on designing efficient cryptographic protocols based on the hardness of lattice problems. In particular, he works on the foundations of practical lattice encryption, digital signatures, and currently works in zero-knowledge and various privacy-preserving primitives. This research was in part supported by an ERC starting research grant FELICITY (Foundations of Efficient Lattice Cryptography, 2015 – 2020) and is currently supported by an ERC consolidator grant PLAZA (Post-Quantum Lattice-Based Zero-Knowledge, 2021 – 2026).
Matt Johansen is a seasoned security expert with over a decade of experience in various security roles.
Currently, Matt serves as the Principal Security Architect at Reddit, where he focuses on designing and implementing security systems to protect both the company’s employees and its website users. Previously, Matt ran cloud and container security, and then all vulnerability identification, management, and remediation for Bank of America. Matt also worked as the Head of Security at Honest Dollar, a fintech startup acquired by Goldman Sachs, where he built an information security program from scratch.
He is the author of a security newsletter, YouTube Channel, and podcast called Vulnerable U and was previously a writer and a podcast co-host on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. With a diverse and extensive background in cybersecurity, Matt brings valuable insights into the changing landscape of security and the increasing importance of developers in security teams. In his free time, he enjoys sharing his insights on current events, volunteering for various non-profits, and advising several startups.