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10:42 [PhD][New] Sujoy Sinha Roy: Design and Analysis of Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems on FPGAs

  Name: Sujoy Sinha Roy
Topic: Design and Analysis of Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems on FPGAs
Category: implementation

Description: The thesis explores compact and efficient iplementation of elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) on hardware platforms over extended binary fields. \r\nEfficiency of an elliptic curve cryptoprocessor is largely affected by the underlying finite field primitives and by the architecture of the elliptic curve scalar multiplier (ECSM). The work presented in this thesis contributes in designing efficient finite field algorithms by utilizing the Lookup Tables (LUTs) present in FPGAs. The thesis develops a generalization of the Itoh-Tsujii inversion algorithm (ITA) to use higher exponentiation circuits instead of the conventional squaring circuits. Finally the thesis integrates efficient finite field primitives and explores the concept of pipelining to develop a high speed ECSM architecture. The delay of the critical paths of the ECSM architecture have been estimated by a theoretical model and have been split into optimal delay stages. The thesis develops optimal scheduling technique for pipelined ECSM architecture. The work analyzes the effect of increase in number of pipeline stages on the scalar multiplication time and estimates the optimal\r\nnumber of pipelined stages in the ECSM architecture for a given finite field. Finally detailed analysis, supported with experimental results have been provided to design the fastest reported scalar multiplier in GF(2^163). The proposed design has a three stage pipeline and takes less than 13 us, as compared to 20 us required in the previous best design by Chelton and Benaissa on Virtex 4 FPGAs. Notably, the current design has an area requirement of only 56% compared with the reported work, owing to the better LUT utilizations of the underlying finite field primitives.[...]

08:09 [Conf][EC] Videos from Eurocrypt 2012

  Videos and presentations from Eurocrypt 2012 are now online.

15:41 [Event][Update] Indocrypt 2012

  Submission: 23 July 2012
From December 9 to December 12
Location: Kolkata, India
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15:41 [Event][Update] Crypto 2013

  From August 19 to August 23
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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18:59 [Event][Update] CT-RSA 2013: The Cryptographers' Track at RSA Conference

  Submission: 3 September 2012
Notification: 26 October 2012
From February 25 to March 1
Location: San Francisco, USA
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15:45 [Job][New] Senior Researcher, Software Technology and Applications Competence Center, Tartu, Estonia

  Software Technology and Applications Competence Center (STACC) is a collaborative research center located in Tartu, Estonia. The center conducts applied research in various areas of computer science, including data security and cryptography. Successful applicant is expected to contribute primarily to the research in secure multi-party computations (collaborating with the Sharemind team) and electronic voting (STACC is developing the framework for the next generation of verifiable voting to be used in Estonian legally binding elections). Knowledge of other areas of computer science (e.g. data mining) is a bonus. Proposed gross salary is up to €3.000 per month depending on the qualifications of the applicant. Applicants will be considered in the order of applications until the position is filled. The position will start in the fall 2012 and end on June 30th 2013.

14:49 [Job][New] Post-doc, Universite catholique de Louvain

  Wireless sensor nodes (WSN) are likely to be one of the more vulnerable parts of a sensor network. These devices can be attacked by standard network based approaches but also by physical means if they are left unattended in remote sites. While much research effort has been spent on improving the network security of WSN, the protection of the nodes and especially their protection against physical attacks has been, until now, neglected.

The objective of this project is to prevent physical attacks against sensor nodes, by developing means to improve the tamper resistance of these low cost devices without significantly increasing their cost. In a first phase that took place over the last 20 months, the project allowed defining cost effective countermeasures for the selected cryptographic primitives and designing a secure co-processor to be integrated in a sensor node prototype. The second phase will entail the analysis of the manufactured device\'s actual resistance against side-channel attacks and its integration in the prototype.

The research will take place in the framework of a European project involving high-level academic and industrial experts. The researcher will also benefit from the dynamic research environment of the UCL Crypto Group (Université catholique de Louvain), with strong interactions with researchers working on related subjects.

The candidate should hold a PhD in electronics, computer science or mathematics, with strong interests in algorithms and signal processing. A preliminary background in cryptology and side-channel attacks is an important asset.

11:04 [Event][Update] ESTEL-SEC 2012: ESTEL Security and Privacy Special Track

  Submission: 15 July 2012
Notification: 27 August 2012
From October 2 to October 5
Location: Rome, Italy
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11:03 [Job][New] Ph.D. Student, Post-Doc, Intel Collaborative Research Institute
for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) at TU-Darmstadt


The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) conducts security research for mobile and embedded systems and supports industry and scientific research to improve the reliability of mobile and embedded devices as well as the ecosystem around them. We are currently looking for highly skilled scientific personnel to complete our team.

Your Profile

Applicants should hold Diploma, Master or PhD Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering and bring well-founded knowledge and experience in IT-Security. In particular, we are looking for candidates that have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Mobile operating system security (e.g., Android, iOS)
  • Embedded system security and embedded processors (e.g., ARM and Intel Atom)
  • Lightweight Cryptography with focus on emerging technologies such as RFID and NFC
  • Hardware security (e.g., Physically Unclonable Functions)
  • Trusted Computing
  • Design, development, analysis of System-on-Chip (SoC) IP blocks and associated tools

How to Apply

Your application should include your current curriculum vitae, MSc/Diploma certificates and grades, a letter of motivation stating your interest in the position and your research interests, and at least two letters of recommendation.

10:57 [Job][New] PhD studentship in Applied Cryptography, Royal Holloway, University of London

  Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to work on a collaborative research project between Thales UK Research and Technology (TRT) and the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The project is concerned with the application of cryptographic techniques to protect data in scenarios such as cloud computing, outsourcing, or other situations where secure storage and access to data is required on potentially untrusted platforms. There has been a lot of recent research into developing theoretical techniques that support these objectives, including searchable encryption and predicate encryption schemes in particular. The project will investigate the practical issues concerning the selection, implementation and deployment of such schemes for a variety of real application scenarios.

The student will spend most of the time in the academic setting of the ISG, but will be required to spend a minimum of three months at Thales UK’s Reading-based research and technology facility.

We are looking for a strong candidate with background in mathematics, computer science or electronic engineering (knowledge of cryptography is desirable, but not essential). The successful candidate will have good programming skills, communication and team-working skills; a strong interest in security is also desirable.

Funding Notes: The studentship is funded by the UK EPSRC and TRT and will pay university fees plus a stipend of £19,590 per annum) for three years. Note that there are rules for eligibility (please visit BEFORE applying for the position).

Application: Informal inquiries to Prof. Keith Martin (keith.martin(at) or Dr Carlos Cid (carlos.cid(at)