Hi I'm Brian LaMacchia

computer security specialist


Love my work (Microsoft Research + the International Association for Cryptologic Research + Farcaster Films + Seattle International Film Festival), love my hobbies (movies + photography).

Both of these photos were shot with a Canon 7D, 100-400mm w/ 1.4x extender and processed a bit in Adobe Lightroom.

a solar eclipse where the moon has completely blotted out the sun to black except for a faint white glow at the edge and a small reddish-pink burst at the top right
Total solar eclipse 2017
a lunar eclipse, where the moon turns red and looks shadowed
Total lunar eclipse 2019

A Brief Professional Biography

Brian LaMacchia is a Microsoft Corporation Distinguished Engineer and heads the Security and Cryptography team within Microsoft Research (MSR). His team’s main project at present is the development of quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms and protocols. Brian is also a founding member of the Microsoft Cryptography Review Board and consults on security and cryptography architectures, protocols and implementations across the company. Before moving into MSR in 2009, Brian was the Architect for cryptography in Windows Security, Development Lead for .NET Framework Security and Program Manager for core cryptography in Windows 2000. Prior to joining Microsoft, Brian was a member of the Public Policy Research Group at AT&T Labs—Research.

In addition to his responsibilities at Microsoft, Brian is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Bloomington and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Brian also currently serves as Treasurer of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) and as a Vice President of the Board of Directors of Seattle Opera. Brian received S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively.