Sandeep Kumar  PhD CISSP CIPT

About me

R&D Group Manager at Signify Research Europe in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Professional certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and IAPP Certified Information Privacy Technologists (CIPT)

Domain expert in IoT Security, Security architectures, Network security, Security protocols, Efficient SW/HW implementations of crypto-primitives, Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs).

Ph.D. from Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in the area of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) for constrained devices.

Work Experience

  • Signify

    Director, R&D Group Manager IoT Security


    Apr 2018 - Present
    Eindhoven Area, Netherlands

    Leading the IoT Security group at Signify Research in Netherlands.

    The IoT Security group is a central competence team working closely with Signify's consumer and professional business units to:

  • Guide and support the development of secure connected lighting systems like Hue, Interact and LiFi.
  • Contribute and drive security topics in multiple external IoT standards and regulations like Zigbee, BLE, IETF, CHIP and CEN/CENELEC that is relevant for Lighting industry.
  • Tests and validate security of Signify's connected products with a focus on Zigbee and BLE.
  • Identify mitigations as part of security incident response.
  • Support the creation of internal security processes, procedures and guidelines.
  • External knowledge networking with academia on longer term IoT security research topics e.g. INTERSECT.
  • Internal knowledge sharing and security trainings through Security Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • External security supplier scouting at vendor events and validation of their claims.
  • Philips Lighting

    Project Lead Security and Senior Scientist

    Philips Lighting

    Jan 2015 - Mar 2018
    Eindhoven Area, Netherlands

    Lead the front-end innovation activities on secure architectures for IP-based networked lighting control systems for Lighting business. Also participated in the security standardization activities of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the Thread Group, Fairhair Alliance and IETF. Multiple patent filings in this area.

  • Philips

    Senior Scientist


    Dec 2006 - Dec 2014
    Eindhoven Area, Netherlands

    Working as domain expert in applied security. My research focussed on IP protection and anti-counterfeiting of electronic devices using Physcially Unclonable Functions (PUFs). Also closely assisted the PUF related business initiative IntrinsicID. Multiple patent filings and academic papers in this area.

  • Research Scientist

    Ruhr University Bochum

    Sep 2002 - Nov 2006
    Bochum, Germany

    Main research in the area of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) for constrained devices. Also worked extensively on other areas of applied cryptography including efficient software and hardware implementations. As a research assistant my main responsibilities were industry projects with Sun Microsystems, California, USA and Infineon Technologies, Munich, Germany.


  • PhD in Security of Embedded Systems & Cryptographic Hardware

    Ruhr University Bochum

    2002 - 2006
    Bochum, Germany

    PhD Thesis: "Elliptic Curve Cryptography for Constrained Devices"
    Advisor: Prof. Christof Paar

  • Bachelor & Master of Technology in Electrical & Communication Engineering

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

    1997 - 2002
    Mumbai, India

    Specialization in Cryptography
    Thesis: "Crypto Accelerator for IPsec on ARM core"
    Advisor: Prof. Vikram M. Gadre

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