May 16-19: Encryption Policy Questions, Hacking Threats Drive Increased Global Participation at Cryptography Conference
April 2017 by Marc Jacob
The producers of the fifth International Cryptographic Module Conference (ICMC) announced that over 400 global leaders in commercial encryption from 24 countries will convene on May 16-19 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. Increased conference participation, up 30% over last year, is driven by current threats from hacking, future threats from advances in computing technology, and uncertainties surrounding encryption policy going forward. The nine-track agenda features 114 expert presentations on efforts to harden encryption technology against more frequent attacks and more sophisticated threats.
ICMC, presented by the Cryptographic Module User Forum, was established as a forum on encryption standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) of Canada, the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) managed by the NSA, and other international bodies. These organizations, amongst others, will make presentations at the conference regarding new standards, validation efforts, and perceived threats.
Moving beyond today’s standards, this year’s conference has added a full day of sessions on the emerging threat from quantum computing. “Quantum computers will break currently deployed public-key cryptography and weaken symmetric key cryptography," said conference speaker Michele Mosca, University Research Chair and Co-founder, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo. "These fundamental pillars of cybersecurity must be replaced before they are broken in order to prevent the collapse of cyber systems.” Ten conference sessions will cover the development of new encryption standards by US and European standards bureaus, and efforts to transition to more secure technologies.
The conference has added content on the questions surrounding government encryption policies, privacy, and the ethical application of encryption technology. "ICMC participants develop and manage the core technologies of digital privacy." said ICMC project director Bill Rutledge. "We thought it was important to include these topics to the conference agenda." Seven session are scheduled, including From Heartbleed to Juniper and Beyond, Encryption and Cybersecurity Policy Under the New Administration, and Thomas Jefferson and Apple versus the FBI.
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About the fifth International Cryptographic Module Conference: ICMC will be held May 16-19, 2017 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia. The conference is a growing forum for global expertise in commercial cryptography. The fifth annual edition of the conference this spring will feature 114 speaker presentations and expanded international participation, with added conference content on open source and quantum-safe cryptography, industry-vertical applications, and crypto policy and ethics.