Portrait of Kevin Kane

Kevin Kane

Principal Software Development Engineer


I am an applied researcher and developer in the Security and Cryptography team.  My role, much like my group, spans the space between pure research and pure development, giving my job aspects of both.  In my group, we work on new and novel security methods in operating systems, virtualization architectures, and cloud computing platforms.

I am currently working on post-quantum cryptography, as is much of my team. I'm just getting started here, so not much to say… yet!

My most recent activities focused on the Internet of Things. In particular, I worked on security models and automated security and credential management for IoT, primarily in the consumer space. My activities focus on two industry-wide collaborative efforts: the AllSeen Alliance and its protocol stack AllJoyn, and the Open Connectivity Foundation and its implementation IoTivity.

I've previously worked in distributed systems/network security, protocol design, and mobile device security, especially the use of mobile devices as credentials and authenticators, when mobile devices have hardened hardware security processors like TPMs.

I completed my B.S. with Honors at the University of Maryland in May of 2000, and my M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in December of 2005 and 2006, respectively.  My thesis focused on theoretical and experimental methods of access control in distributed systems.  I joined Microsoft in January of 2007 as a developer in a team "Incubations," which specialized in facilitating technology transfers from the Research division into product teams; this team was moved into Microsoft Research in June of 2009.