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June 13, 2017

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ETSI/IQC Workshop on Quantum-Safe Cryptography, London, 13-15 September 2017

Following last year’s successful event at Toronto, Canada, the 5th ETSI/IQC workshop on quantum safe cryptography will take place this September in London, UK. The event is jointly co-organised by ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, and the IQC, the University of Waterloo’s Institute of Quantum Computing, with further support provided by the Quantum Communications Hub, part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. The National Cyber Security Centre and the CryptoWorks21 training partnership are also supporting partners.

The workshop is free of charge and structured along an executive (13/09) and technical (14-15/09) track. Focus on the first day will be on the potential of quantum computing and the technologies available to counteract subsequent threats to the existing cyber security infrastructure. Discussions during the following two days will focus on the current status of quantum-safe cryptography, the challenges of cryptographic standardisation on a global scale, the selection criteria for new encryption algorithms and specific government and industry requirements. Presentations have been invited on the following themes: global efforts and practical challenges on quantum-safe schemes; computational constraints and considerations for post-quantum cryptography and security from an industry perspective; high priority use cases for quantum-safe cryptography; standards for quantum cryptography devices and systems and for quantum-resistant public-key crypto algorithms; testing, metrics and certification for quantum-safety; new applications of post quantum crypto or quantum key distribution (QKD); attempts at cryptanalysis of new post-quantum systems; migration paths for post-quantum crypto and/or QKD. The full agenda is expected to become available by the end of June.

The 5th ETSI/IQC Quantum-Safe Cryptography workshop will be hosted at the Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, in London. For more information on the event and to register, please visit the event website.

Notes for Editors:

  • ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, is a not-for-profit organisation at that forefront of emerging technologies that produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and Internet technologies.
  • The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is a scientific research institute at the University of Waterloo harnessing the quantum laws of nature to develop powerful new technologies that will transform information technology and drive the 21st century economy.
  • The Quantum Communications Hub is a partnership of eight UK universities and numerous private sector companies established to deliver quantum communications technologies and services that will in turn enable secure transactions and transmissions of data across a range of users in real-world applications. The project is part of a major national initiative, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which aims to ensure the successful transition of quantum technologies from laboratory to industries.
  • The National Cyber Security Centre was set up to help protect the UK’s critical services from cyber attacks, managing major incidents and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. The Centre’s vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
  • CryptoWorks21, the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Building a Workforce for the Cryptographic Infrastructure of the 21st Century, is a supplementary program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to develop next-generation cryptographic tools. Led out of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, the programme works with partners and collaborators across Canada and abroad.