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catastrophic events related to CRYPTography

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Scope and call for full papers and informal presentations

A workshop about catastrophic events related to cryptography and security. And their prevention, detection, recovery, solutions ...

The main point is: many cryptographic protocols are only based on the security of one cryptographic algorithm (e.g. RSA) and  we don't know the exact RSA security (including Ron Rivest). What if somebody finds a  clever and fast factoring algorithm? Well, it is indeed an hypothesis but we know several  instances of possible progress. A new fast algorithm is a possible catastroph if not handled  properly. And there are other problems with hash functions, elliptic curves, aso. Think also about the recent Heartbleed bug (April 2014, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed): the discovery was very late and we were close to a catastrophic situation.

So we are thinking about a regular workshop, the name is CATACRYPT, about these possible problems and their solutions. It includes problems with cryptographic algorithms, protocols, PKI, DRM, TLS-SSL, smart cards, RSA dongles, MIFARE, aso. Quantum computing, resilience and agility are also on the program.

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners working in cryptography and security, from academia and industry. A large committee including many founders of the main concepts of public-key cryptography is pushing this important topic.

Format

The workshop will consist of invited keynote presentations, full papers, informal contributed presentations, panels, rump session and discussions. There will be IEEE formal proceedings only for full and invited papers.

Keynote Speakers: to be announced.

Important Key Dates for full paper submissions

All papers will be submitted via EDAS. The authors need to follow the formatting guidelines of CNS regular papers available on the main conference website IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS2014) http://cns2014.ieee-cns.org/content/submission-instructions-1 See also Call for contributions.

Full paper submission deadline June 2nd, 2014
Acceptance notifications July 1st, 2014

Camera-ready version for full paper

July 14, 2014
Workshop date October 29, 2014

Organization

The workshop chair is Jean-Jacques Quisquater (UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)