Cryptography in the Wild


Speaker: Kenneth Paterson, ETH Zurich
Location: TU Wien, FAV Hörsaal 3 (Favoritenstr. 9-11), HHEG01
Date/Time: 2023-06-28 16:00

Abstract: In this talk I’ll discuss a research theme that has emerged in the last few years, namely the analysis of deployed cryptographic systems. There is a small but dedicated group of researchers who do this kind of work. I’ll reflect on how we conduct this kind of research, why we do it, and what we can learn from it about how developers use (and abuse) cryptography.

Bio: Kenneth Paterson is a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, where he leads the Applied Cryptography Group and is currently the head of department. He was Program Chair for Eurocrypt 2011 and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptology from 2017 to 2020. He co-founded the Real World Cryptography series of conferences. His research has won best paper awards at conferences including ACM CCS 2016, 2022, IEEE S&P 2022, 2023, NDSS 2012, CHES 2018, and IMC 2018. He was made a Fellow of the IACR in 2017. In 2022, he was winner of the Golden Owl best teaching award for the Department of Computer Science at ETH.