Moore's Lobby Podcast

Ep. 36 | Cryptography in the Cloud Age with Intel Federal’s Steve Orrin

Episode #36 / 59:37 / October 26, 2021 by Daniel Bogdanoff
Episode Sponsors: CUI Inc.Infineon Technologies

How does the US government protect the "serious secrets they need to keep" using innovative cryptography? In this episode of Moore's Lobby, hear about how cybersecurity is evolving for private industry and for governmental institutions under active attack.

Steve Orrin (self-described former hacker and undeniable math zealot) stands firmly at the crossroads between the public and private sectors, precisely where cybersecurity intersects with them both. From his viewpoint, it's a myth that the government is slow to adopt progressive technologies. Or, more accurately, reality resides in a nuanced gray area where Predator drones are outfitted with cutting-edge security and, somehow, painfully slow cloud adoption is actually a blessing in disguise.

In this episode, you'll hear about the impact of AI and quantum computing on cybersecurity, the "new math, new hardware" of next-gen cryptography, and how the heck to bring classified materials into the work-from-home environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additional highlights from this episode include:

  • A shockingly accessible explanation of homomorphic cryptography
  • The unique joys of having Bruce Schneier rip one's carefully crafted cryptography stack to shreds
  • How a security expert chooses a baby monitor these days
  • Why maybe we should be designing security systems with our moms in mind


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Meet Steve Orrin

Steve Orrin is the CTO and Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Federal, where he leads Public Sector Solution Architecture, Strategy, and Technology Engagements. He's also held multiple leadership positions at Intel, where he has led cybersecurity programs, products, and strategy.

Orrin was previously CSO for Sarvega, CTO of Sanctum, CTO and co-founder of LockStar, and CTO at SynData Technologies. He has been recognized as one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs and has received a Top CTO Executives Award from Executive Mosaic. He's also previously served as the Vice-Chair of the NSITC/IDESG Security Committee and as a Guest Researcher at NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).



He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and the vice-chair of the INSA Cyber Committee, as well as a member of AFCEA, ISACA, OASIS, and IACR. He is a co-Founder and Officer of WASC.