[cryptography] NIST Workshop on Elliptic Curve Cryptography Standards

Tom Ritter tom at ritter.vg
Mon May 11 22:44:52 EDT 2015

On 11 May 2015 at 20:13,  <dj at deadhat.com> wrote:
> There is also the Lightweight Crypto Workshop at NIST. This heavily
> overlaps with the ECC thing, because the right options for ECC curves are
> also the right options for lightweight crypto.
> I'm attending the lightweight Crypto Workshop, but not the ECC Workshop. I
> don't have bandwidth for both.

On the lightweight side, I get the impression that block ciphers are
also a big topic, but that there isn't a ton of work being done
there... besides the NSA ciphers, SIMON and SPECK. John Kelsey
mentioned these at RWC. The NSA came to NIST and said "Check out these
ciphers!" and NIST said "Those look cool, but please publish them for
academic review so we're not favoring you in any way."  So they did.
But now the onus is on the community to analyze them and either poke
holes in them or present something better.


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