Development of the national multi-purpose card (smart card) is one of the seven flagships launched under Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project. Among the many uses of the smart card are as an identity card, credit card, ATM card, and as e-cash. In view of this, some sort of security mechanism has to be built into the smart card to protect against misuse by unauthorized persons. This is where the study of cryptography comes in. Cryptography involves the study, design and application of methods to ensure the security, privacy and integrity of information. As Malaysian researchers conduct research and development (R&D) on smart cards, it is vital that some emphasis be made on cryptographic research as well. This paper addresses the issue of the current state of cryptographic research in Malaysia, focusing on both public and private universities. The aim is to obtain an overall view of the current state of research in order to promote cooperation and collaboration among Malaysian universities in pursuing cryptographic research as a supplement to the smart card R&D. The paper concludes with suggestions as to how the field of cryptographic research in Malaysia can be enhanced, and outlines future directions in Malaysian cryptographic research.
Proceedings of the 2nd World Engineering Congress (WEC2002), Information and Communications Technology : Engineering Innovation and Sustainability : Global Challenges and Issues, 22-25 July 2002, Sarawak, Malaysia