Important notice about SecAppDev 2020
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona), with deep regret, we feel bound to postpone SecAppDev 2020 indefinitely. While there have been no official instructions to postpone events such as ours or reduce travel, both attendees and speakers have informed us that they are unable to attend SecAppDev.
We hope everyone in SecAppDev stays healthy, and wish everyone the best for the coming months.
SecAppDev 2020 Lecture Details
Quantum computers, quantum crypto, and postquantum crypto
Wednesday March 11, 14:00 - 15:30
Quantum computers are in their infancy, but they are expected to have a major impact on computing. This session will focus on the impact of quantum technologies on cryptography and secure communications.
Quantum computers have been conceived in the early 1980s. Today, IBM has built a quantum computer with 53 qubits, while Google has 72 qubits and D-Wave Systems 5000 (but with weaker properties). In the fall of 2019, Google has claimed quantum supremacy by performing a previously infeasible computation.
This session will explore the principles behind quantum computers and discuss their potential applications. Cryptographers have been investing heavily in identifying new algorithms to achieve post-quantum cryptography. Physicists believe that they can harness quantum physics to create “unbreakable” Quantum Key Distribution. This session will assess the potential of these technologies.
How to prepare for the migration towards post-quantum cryptography.
Anyone building, designing or securing applications.
The session on cryptographic algorithms provides useful background, but is not mandatory.
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Full professor, COSIC, KU Leuven
Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven. He heads the imec-COSIC research group, which has 80 members. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. He received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics (2014), the IFIP TC11 Kristian Beckman award (2015) and the ESORICS Outstanding Research Award (2017). He frequently consults for industry and governments about security and privacy technologies.
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