Thomas Hardjono

Technical Officer

Thomas Hardjono is the CTO of MIT Connection Science and Engineering. He leads technical projects and initiatives around identity, security and privacy in emerging technologies such as IoT, smart contracts and blockchain systems, and engages industry partners and sponsors on these fronts.  

Thomas is also the technical director for the Trust::Data Consortium under MIT Connection Science that implements open source software based on cutting edge research at MIT. Prior to this Thomas was the Director of the MIT Kerberos Consortium, developing the famous MIT Kerberos authentication software currently used by millions of users around the world.  As an industry expert he has been active in the areas of security, applied cryptography and identity management for nearly two decades now, starting from the mid-1990s working in the emerging PKI industry as Principal Scientist at VeriSign as the largest PKI provider in the world. He has led a number of key industry technical groups within the IETF, OASIS, Trusted Computing Group, Kantara and other organizations.  Aside from MIT Kerberos, he has been instrumental in the development of the OpenID-Connect 1.0 (OIDC) and the User Managed Access (UMA) identity management protocols. He is also spearheading exploratory work on core identities, open algorithms and verifiable transaction identities for blockchain systems. Over the years he has published four books and over sixty technical papers in journals and at conferences.