CAESAR, BRUTUS, and Symmetric Crypto in 2020s

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Author: Markku-Juhani Saarinen

What kind of ciphers do security-conscious users and organizations expect to be actually using in phones, browsers, and VPNs in 2020's? Most of the talk is related to the on-going CAESAR competition organized to replace AES-GCM (which is currently the only unclassified algorithm certified by U.S. and NATO to handle Top Secret communications) with new authenticated encryption methods. The speaker will discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of the current-generation (and upcoming) Russian algorithms from both cryptanalytic and implementation viewpoints.

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Markku-Juhani Saarinen is a researcher, trained cryptographer, and experienced coder with 20 years’ experience in cryptography and information security. Part of the original SSH2 design/implementation team in the 1990's. Few crypto patents, dozens of research publications. PhD Crypto, Royal Holloway, University of London (2009). One of the few people who are called upon to actually break ciphers. Currently based in Istanbul, Turkey.

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