Michael Richardson

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Michael Richardson is a self-taught programmer and consultant, and has been involved with network security systems since 1988. After working in nearly every aspect of Ottawa hightech, Michael was a founding employee at Milkyway Networks in 1994, and Solidum Systems Corporation in 1998. While at Milkyway Networks, Michael was responsible for developing the VPN components of the BlackHole firewall, the policy engine, and all kernel components. Solidum designed and sold hardware - IPsec being an important target. Michael is a system software designer and protocol designer. Michael is involved on a daily basis with at the IETF. He is an author on RFC3586, RFC4025 and RFC4322.

Michael was has architected a number of IPsec systems, including closed source systems at SSH, work on KAME code in BSD, and work on the Linux FreeS/WAN project. In 2003, Michael founded Xelerance Corporation to support Linux open source security products, including Openswan. In 2009, Michael joined CREDIL.org as a Founding Maker. Since 2010, Michael has been involved in IETF efforts to provide security to Internet of Things devices, including creating reference designs for key specifications, such as RFC8366.

Michael received a B.Sc. Physics from Carleton University.


rfc3586 Aug 2003 IP Security Policy (IPSP) Requirements
rfc4025 Mar 2005 A Method for Storing IPsec Keying Material in DNS
rfc4322 Dec 2005 Opportunistic Encryption using the Internet Key Exchange (IKE)
rfc5386 Nov 2008 Better-Than-Nothing Security: An Unauthenticated Mode of IPsec
rfc7416 Jan 2015 A Security Threat Analysis for the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPLs)
rfc8366 May 2018 A Voucher Artifact for Bootstrapping Protocols