Spotlight on Excellence
Kent Griffin (Ph.D. 2006) is Director of the Core Research group of Symantec Research Labs in Culver City, CA overseeing the work of 7 full-time researchers (most of whom have a Ph.D. in computer science). Core Research led by Sanjay Sawhney, has projects in storage, backup, virtualization, web security, reputation or community based security, malware analysis, mobile device security, social network security and privacry and Data Loss Prevention. Most of the research is directly tied to an existing product or product line, but some is more speculative and can lead to entirely new products. Core Research has the longest time horizon of any research group in Symantec, and they work to develop the next-generation technologies for use in all areas of Symantec. They foster internal innovation and create intellectual property (patents) and publications to promote Symantec externally.
"The state of software patent reviewing is that it takes a long time for filed patents to actually be issued. The first patent I filed with Symantec has been issued and is US Patent number 7,774,470, "Load Balancing Using a Distributed Hash," but the others are still under review. I'm named on 15 filed, or soon to be filed patents which are in the following areas: browser security, automatic signature generation, reputation based security, buffer overflow prevention, reducing signature set size, and full disk encryption."
"We are often looking for new researchers, and although we generally look for Computer Science backgrounds, we are also looking for people with a background in data analytics, cryptography and other mathematically related fields."
Kent Griffin received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from WSU in August of 2006. His advisor was Dr. Michael Tsatsomeros. The title of his dissertation was, "Solving the principal minor assignment problem and related computations," and his field of study was computational linear algebra.