Start of RWC 2017

rwc-logo-final-t-smToday sees the start of Real World Crypto 2017 in New York. This is the yearly gathering of cryptographers from both industry and academia who are interested in the more practical end of cryptography.

This year the event is bigger than ever, with over 550 registrations. Of these 50% are from industry, plus 22% students and 22% academics. The other contingents being made up of representatives of governments and NGOs. The event has attracted 22 industrial sponsors which has allowed the organizers to support a large number of students to attend.

The program is made up of a series of invited talks and contributed talks. The invited talks are selected according to what the committee feels is hot or interesting this year, whilst the 25 contributed talks were selected from a total of 61 submitted speaker proposals.

In addition this year is the second year that the Levchin Prize for contributions to Real World Cryptography will be awarded. More on that in a future blog.

So everyone is prepared for a series of talks on TLS, Post-Quantum Crypto, Secure Messaging, Passwords, Encrypted Search, and Blockchain. On the second day there is also a session on Multi-Party Computation, with a talk from Dyadic’s own Yehuda Lindell.

Prof. Nigel Smart

Prof. Nigel Smart

Nigel Smart, Unbound Co-Founder, is a Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He is a world-renowned expert in applied cryptography, and was the Vice President of the International Association of Cryptologic Research. In the past, Nigel worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories developing advanced encryption technologies. He has also been involved in developing many standards, and has worked with both industry and government on applying cryptography to solve critical security problems.

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