I’m a cryptography engineer and researcher at the Alexandra Institute. I work on privacy-enhancing technologies. My current focus is on building scalable systems for secure multi-party computation, a cryptographic technique for privacy-preserving, decentralized data-processing.

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My publications to date are:

Ivan Damgård, Daniel Escudero, Tore Frederiksen, Marcel Keller, Peter Scholl, Nikolaj Volgushev: New Primitives for Actively-Secure MPC over Rings with Applications to Private Machine Learning. In Proceedings of the 40th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, San Francisco, CA, May 2019 [pdf]

Nikolaj Volgushev, Malte Schwarzkopf, Ben Getchell, Mayank Varia, Andrei Lapets, Azer Bestavros: Conclave: Secure Multi-party Computation on Big Data. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM/SIGOPS European Conference on Computer Systems, Dresden, Germany [pdf]

Kinan Dak Albab, Rawane Issa, Andrei Lapets, Azer Bestavros, Nikolaj Volgushev: Scalable Secure Multi-party Network Vulnerability Analysis via Symbolic Optimization. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops 2017, San Jose, CA, May 2017 [pdf]

Andrei Lapets, Nikolaj Volgushev, Azer Bestavros, Frederick Jansen, Mayank Varia: Secure MPC for Analytics as a Web Application. SecDev 2016, Boston, MA, November 2016 [pdf]

Nikolaj Volgushev, Malte Schwarzkopf, Andrei Lapets, Mayank Varia, and Azer Bestavros. Integrating MPC in Big Data Workflows. In Proceedings of the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Vienna, Austria, October 2016 [pdf]

Nikolaj Volgushev, Andrei Lapets, and Azer Bestavros: Programming Support for an Integrated Multi-Party Computation and MapReduce Infrastructure. In Proceedings of HotWeb’15: IEEE Workshop on Hot Topics in Web Systems and Technologies, Washington, DC, November 2015 [pdf]

Laurent D. Michel, Alexander A. Shvartsman, and Nikolaj Volgushev: A systematic approach to analyzing voting terminal event logs. In 2014 Electronic Voting Technology Workshop/Workshop on Trustworthy Elections (EVT/WOTE14), San Diego, CA, 2014. USENIX Association


I also enjoy writing. Here are some of the stories I’ve published in the past: