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IEEE logoIEEE CNS 2014 Workshop on

catastrophic events related to CRYPTography

and security with their possible solutions



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Scope

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 and keynote presentations, full papers, informal contributions, panels, research in progress and discussions.

Keynote Speakers
Whitfield Diffie (Cryptomatic)
   When Is a Catastrophe Really a Catastrophe?

   The first step in planning for catastrophes is to explore how
    do catastrophes differ from a less than catastrophic setbacks,
    adverse events, or disappointment?  A true catastrophe can
    no be totally mitigated; the world after the catastrophe looks
    different from the world before but may not be worse from the
    view of every participant
Martin E. Hellman (Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University)
    Prolonging the Life of Public Key Cryptography
This talk argues that prudence would require public key cryptography to use much larger key sizes than are typically used. It also shows how seemingly unforeseen advances in factoring and discrete logs might be forseeable. It then examines what we might do to ensure a higher level of security, and why barriers to achieving more robust security may be more psychological than technical
Invited talk (cancelled)
Nancy Leveson (MIT)
    Protecting Against Broken Cryptography through Systems Thinking

Final panel
Peter G. Neumann (SRI, comp.risks) and others
Risks of CataCryptic Event




Organization

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