Dr Maciej Machulak specializes in security, privacy and trust in the Cloud as well as in personal data management. He is the founder and CEO of Cloud Identity Limited where he works with his team on research and development of innovative identity management and privacy solutions that allow individuals to have better control over their personal information in the Cloud. As the lead architect and developer, he also advises companies during all stages of their projects and helps them adopt processes and deploy technologies that allow their users protect their privacy. Maciej has contributed with his knowledge and experience in emerging identity, security and privacy solutions in various international projects.
Prior to founding Cloud Identity, Maciej has gained professional experience in such companies as Red Hat and Google and he continues to contribute to the Apache Software Foundation. In particular, he has worked on design and implementation of the Street Identity protocol that allows users to selectively share their attributes with third party applications. He has also worked in the Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security at Newcastle University where he has led efforts of the JISC/HEFCE funded SMART project. This project focused on providing students and academics with new privacy and security controls over their data within their institutions and in the Cloud. Maciej and his team won the Kantara Initiative Identity Deployment of the Year (IDDY) 2011 award for their software.
Maciej is involved in numerous professional and academic activities related to online security and privacy. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the User-Managed Access (UMA) Work Group at Kantara Initiative. He is one of the specification editors of the UMA protocol that allows the user to play a pivotal role in assigning access rights to their data that may be spread across multiple cloud-based Web applications. Maciej is also one of the PC members of the ACM Digital Identity Management workshop. He has recently successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “User-Controlled Access Management to Resources on the Web”. He also holds an Advanced MSc degree in “System Design for Internet Applications” from Newcastle University (UK) and an MSc degree in “Secure Computer Networks” from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland). His work has been presented or published at international conferences, including JDD, JavaOne, Devoxx, MW4SOC, ACM-DIM, ACM-IMC, ICDS-SPCC, IEEE SSP, EIC, AXN/OIX, CIS, IIW, and Internet2 Global Summit.