about catastrophic events related to cryptography
and security. And their prevention, detection,
recovery, solutions ...
It is the third event: the first one was in San
Francisco (2014), the second one was in Florence,
Italy (2015) and this one is very promising
organized together with EUROCRYPT (from IACR) as
an affiliated event.
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
Heartbleed bug (April 2014, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed):
the discovery was very late and we were close to a
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.
workshop will consist of invited and keynote
presentations, full papers, informal
contributions, panels, research in progress and
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Final panel: TBA
workshop chair is Jean-Jacques Quisquater
(UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) with
other people (TBC).