Luis Hernández Encinas was born in 1957 in Navalmoral de la Mata (Cáceres, Spain), he obtained his graduate and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Salamanca and currently is Research Professor in the Cryptology and Information Security Research Group (GiCSI), Department of Information and Communication Technologies (TIC) at the Institute of Physical and Information Technologies "Leonardo Torres Quevedo" (ITEFI) of the Spanish Nacional Research Council (CSIC), in Madrid.
He has participated in more than 50 research projects, both national and international. He is the author of several books and patents, more than 200 papes in specialized journals, more than 150 contributions to workshops and conferences, and he has supervised several doctoral theses. He belongs to various national and international committees on security and cybersecurity and is a cryptological adviser to national security agencies.
His lines of research include pre- and post-quantum cryptology; digital signature, authentication, and identification protocols; cryptobiometrics and number theory.
He is Patron of the Fundación Círculo de las Tecnologías para la Defensa y la Seguridad, representing the CSIC, and is a member of the Red de Excelencia Nacional de Investigación en Ciberseguridad (RENIC).
He has been awarded the National Prize "CCN-2021 for professional career in favor of Cybersecurity" awarded by the Centro Criptológico Nacional (CCN) del Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI) of the Ministry of Defense, and has been awarded the "Cross of Police Merit with White Badge", of the Ministry of Interior, in 2022.