At the RSA Conference last month in San Francisco, Taher Elgamal [link] was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award–only the third recipient of the award since its inception in 2004.

The chief security officer of Axway has more than 25 years of experience in the security industry, starting out as a cryptographic expert. Egypt-born Elgamal has been credited as an inventor of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), having joined Netscape in early 1995 to release the protocol, which later came under the oversight of the Internet Engineering Task Force.