Workshop IV: Special purpose hardware for cryptography: Attacks and Applications

December 4 - 8, 2006


Much of what drives the field of computer security and cryptography is the advent of new technologies in the form of new hardware. This creates both new opportunities and new security SCWS4challenges. With the rapid development of sensor networks, palm pilots, hand-held GPS and other “gizmos,” there is a great need to “miniaturize,” not only the devices themselves, but also cryptographic modules installed on such devices. The task is a challenging one, as just reducing key-size or other security properties makes such small devices much easier to attack. In this topic we will explore various ways to “miniaturize” cryptographic primitives, so that they are deployable, both at the sensor and hand-held device level, without sacrificing security and also explore novel attacks on such devices.

This topic will bring together experts working in this area of cryptography and cryptanalysis, as well as the practitioners who need security for these tiny devices.

Organizing Committee

Cetin Koc (Oregon State University)
Arjen Lenstra (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL))
David Naccache, Co-chair (École Normale Supérieure)
Christof Paar (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Nigel Smart, Co-chair (University of Bristol, Computer Science)
Eran Tromer (Weizmann Institute of Science)