WORKSHOP ON SECURE MULTIPARTY PROTOCOLS (SMP 2004) Announcement and Call for Contributions October 7-8, 2004, Amsterdam, The Netherlands http://www.zurich.ibm.com/~cca/smp2004/ The workshop is organized by ECRYPT, the European Network of Excellence in Cryptology, and in connection with DISC 2004, the 18th Annual Conference on Distributed Computing, which takes place October 5-7, in Amsterdam. (The program of October 7 will be partially joint with DISC, and held at the same venue.) The workshop is an activity of ECRYPT's PROVILAB, the virtual lab on cryptographic protocols. SCOPE Cryptographic protocols play an important role for building secure distributed systems. Such protocols involve the interaction of several agents with potentially conflicting security goals. Protocols involving only two agents, such as establishing a secure point-to-point channel, are used widely today. However, protocols for jointly executed tasks among multiple distrusting agents are not frequently used because they are more difficult to define and even harder to construct. The goal of a multiparty protocol can be of technical nature, such as synchronization of distributed state information, carrying out a distributed computation, or transferring digitally signed credentials anonymously. But it can also consist of an application itself, such as a secure payment system, privacy-preserving data access, electronic voting, secure auctions, and contract bidding. Secure protocols must reach their goals despite attacks from agents who participate in the protocol. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the cryptography and distributed computing areas, from academia and industry, who are working on secure multiparty protocols for distributed systems, in order to engage in a discussion about common goals and important research problems in the overlap of the areas. Topics include, but are not limited to: * secure group communication * distributed cryptosystems * threshold cryptography * secure multiparty computation * anonymity-preserving protocols * protocols supporting private data access * secure payment schemes * secure peer-to-peer systems * privacy-preserving protocols for auctions and bidding FORMAT The workshop will consist of invited keynote presentations and contributed presentations. There will be no proceedings, but a handout with abstracts will be provided to all participants. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Juan Garay (Bell Labs - Lucent Technologies) Dahlia Malkhi (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Keith Marzullo (University of California, San Diego) Gene Tsudik (University of California, Irvine) Moti Yung (Columbia University) CONTRIBUTIONS To contribute a presentation, please submit an extended abstract summarizing a technical contribution or a position paper summarizing your research. Contributions will be selected by the expected interest in the topic and the potential for stimulating exchange of ideas among the participants. A submission must be a PDF file of at most 4 (four) pages, in letter- or A4-format, using at least 10pt fonts and no non-standard character sets. Submissions must be sent as an attachment by email to cca+smp2004(at)zurich.ibm.com and will be acknowledged within one working day after receiving. All submissions must be received before or on July 12, 2004, and notification of acceptance will be sent by August 10, 2004. Contributions deviating from these guidelines will not be considered. PROGRAM COMMITTEE Lorenzo Alvisi (University of Texas, Austin, USA) Christian Cachin (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland), chair Ronald Cramer (Aarhus University and BRICS, Denmark) Giuseppe Persiano (Università di Salerno, Italy) STIPENDS A limited number of stipends are available to participants from non-ECRYPT institutions to participate in the workshop. Requests for stipends should be sent to cca+smp2004(at)zurich.ibm.com before September 10, 2004.
Special Workshop to be hosted by the ECRYPT Network of Excellence SASC - The State of the Art of Stream Ciphers October 14-15, 2004 Brugge, Belgium Call for Participation http://www.isg.rhul.ac.uk/research/projects/ecrypt/sasc-cfp.html The cryptographic community is well served by a variety of efficient and trusted block ciphers. Yet there remains only a limited selection of trusted, non-proprietary, and royalty-free stream ciphers. SASC is a special workshop that aims to provide a more complete understanding of the current state of stream cipher design and analysis. Sponsored by the ECRYPT Network of Excellence (http://www.ecrypt.eu.org) SASC will consider the current state of stream cipher knowledge. In particular it is hoped to expose new and existing stream cipher proposals, cryptanalytic tools, and design criteria to the wider attention of the cryptographic community. As a workshop and forum for the exchange of ideas and proposals, active participation at SASC is encouraged. Attendees are invited to submit papers on all aspects of stream ciphers including, but not limited to the following: * stream cipher analysis, * stream cipher implementation, * stream cipher deployment, * stream cipher building blocks, and * new stream cipher proposals (accompanied by appropriate security claims and analysis). We also encourage submissions that question or comment upon: * the need for, and desirability of, trusted stream ciphers, and * the requirements of industry. To avoid submissions to SASC from conflicting with submissions to forthcoming conferences with proceedings, SASC will have no formal proceedings though there will be a workshop record. Subject to the approval of the submitter, new algorithms proposed at SASC will be included in the ECRYPT Stream Cipher Lounge. Details of the program committee, submission procedures, and workshop logistics will become available via http://www.isg.rhul.ac.uk/research/projects/ecrypt/stvl.html. Important Dates Submission Dealine: September 3, 2004 Notification and Program Confirmation: September 24, 2004 Workshop: October 14-15, 2004
WORKSHOP ON PROVABLE SECURITY Announcement and Call for Contributions November 3-5, 2004, INRIA, Versailles, Paris. http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/Research/CryptographySecurity/Workshop_Pro vable_Security.html The European Union has funded a Network of Excellence in Cryptology, bringing together the leading research groups in cryptography in the European Union, and associated states. This Network, named eCrypt, will be hosting a series of workshops over the coming years and one of the first of these will be on the topic of provable security. This workshop is organized by the Aztec Vitual Lab of the Ecrypt Network of Excellence in cooperation with ENS, INRIA and the University of Bristol. SCOPE This workshop will consist of a number of invited talks plus some contributed talks. It will concentrate on all aspects of provable security, including recent new advances and aspects of future developments. The workshop is timed to occur just before the meeting in Luminy in November, and we hope that participants at Luminy would also attend this workshop. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners from from academia and industry who are working on provable security of cryptographic protocols, in order to engage in a discussion about common goals and important research problems in the overlap of the areas. Topics include, but are not limited to: * Encryption schemes * Signature schemes * Key agreement protocols * Authentication mechanisms * Foundational and definitional work * Proof techniques FORMAT The workshop will consist of invited keynote presentations and contributed presentations. There will be no proceedings, but a handout with abstracts will be provided to all participants. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Ronald Cramer, Leiden University Alex Dent, Royal Holloway College, University of London Shai Halevi, IBM, TJ Watson Research Center Tatsuaki Okamoto, NTT Research Laboratories David Pointcheval, ENS Paris Moti Yung, Columbia University CONTRIBUTIONS We invite others to contribute talks by sending a two paragraph abstract of what you wish to talk about to Nigel Smart. Talks will be selected on the basis of trying to create a balanced program covering all aspects of provable security. Whilst every effort will be made to accomodate all people wishing to talk there are only a limited number of slots available. If you simply wish to attend this workshop then further details will be made available in the coming months on this web site All submissions must be received before or on August 1st, 2004, and notification of acceptance will be sent by August 30th, 2004. PROGRAM COMMITTEE Jan Camenisch, IBM (Switzerland) Dario Catalano, ENS Paris (France) Ronald Cramer, Leiden University (Netherlands) Phong Nguyen, ENS Paris (France) Nicolas Sendrier, INRIA (France) Nigel Smart, Uni Bristol (UK) STIPENDS A limited number of stipends are available to participants from non-ECRYPT institutions to participate in the workshop. Requests for stipends should be sent to dario.catalano (at) ens.fr before September 10, 2004.
First Announcement - Compsec 2004: building business security - New rules; New threats: Game on... 14-15 October 2004 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK Now in its 21st year, Compsec 2004 investigates the current status of the industry from a user's perspective. A specialised programme of talks by leading practitioners, distinguished researchers and thinkers and major suppliers offers a practical guide to action on current and upcoming threats. Compsec 2004 addresses the political and practical contexts of information security, as well as analysing leading-edge technical issues. Conference highlights include: - Governance - Emerging threats - What business wants from suppliers - Building a business case for infosecurity investment - Trends in corporate cyber crime - Hardware-based security Expert speakers include: - Gene Spafford, Purdue University - Stuart Brocklehurst, SVP Payments Development Visa - Jean Pierre Mean, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - Brian Collins, Cranfield University - Bill Cheswick, Lumeta - David Aucsmith, Microsoft - Paul Woods, UBS - Robin Mansell, LSE - David Naccache, Gemplus - Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge To register at the early bird rate go to: www.compsec2004.com/register.htm or contact the Conference Secretariat at email@example.com To receive regular e-mail updates on Compsec 2004 go to: http://www.compsec2004.com/reply.htm Further information can be found at www.compsec2004.com