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Leuven nCrypt 2016 with Bart Preneel
Monday 13 June 2016, 10:30am - 04:00pm
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Leuven nCrypt 2016: Excellence in Digital Encryption

Over the years, Leuven has become a global Encryption Powerhouse, led by the prestigious Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography group (COSIC) from the KU Leuven (University of Leuven). COSIC's researchers conduct fundamental research, support innovation actions, and develop new encryption for corporate clients or assess their in-house anti-hacking technology. The highly popular Advanced Encryption Standard also has roots in Leuven, created by two university graduates in 2001.

Digital Encryption is also the place where security meets privacy. It slices to a large number of relevant topics today, including data protection, regulation, citizen privacy, data leakage and reputation damage, intellectual property protection, industrial and state-sponsored espionage just to name a few. It is also the sExpertisee where privacy and surveillance advocates are fighting over the role of digital encryption (citizen privacy versus national security)……


nCrypt annual Leuven, where else?

nCrypt is a joined initiative of the KU Leuven and LSEC, and aims to bring together some of the brightest minds in the Crypto domain today. The conference seeks submissions from academia, industry and government presenting novel research and solutions on all theoretical and practical aspects of data protection, privacy, security, and cryptography; the application of security technology, the implementation of systems, and lessons learned; new methods or technologies, advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques; and visionary presentations indicating future directions in the domain.


Introduction by Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO LSEC


Leuven nCrypt 2016, Excellence in Digital Encryption, Monday 13 June,
organized by LSEC & KU Leuven, supported by Sophos

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Visionary Keynote: Prof. Bart Preneel, KU Leuven and LSEC: Post-Snowden Cryptography or who holds your keys? (BELGIUM)
Prof. Bart Preneel is a full professor at the KU Leuven; he heads the COSIC research group and is Founder and President of LSEC. Bart is one of the world’s leading cryptographers and has been awarded for his contributions to the domain. Bart was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 4 patents. His main research interests are cryptography, information security and privacy. Bart Preneel has coordinated the Network of Excellence ECRYPT, has served as panel member and chair for the European Research Council and has been president of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). He is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and of the Academia Europaea. He has been invited speaker at more than 90 conferences in 40 countries. In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.


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Mike Gault, Guardtime Founder and CEO: "Leveraging Blockchain for Cybersecurity"


Mike Gault is CEO of Guardtime, the developer of Keyless Signatures that algorithmically prove the time, origin and integrity of electronic data. He started his career conducting research in Japan on the computer simulation of quantum effect transistors. He then spent 10 years doing quantitative financial modeling and trading financial derivatives at Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital. Mike received a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales and an MBA from the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program.

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Vincent Vanbiervliet, Product Manager Data Protection @ Sophos: Next Generation Encryption for Data Protection


Vincent Vanbiervliet has worked at Sophos as a security specialist since 1999. He has been responsible for technical pre-sales support for customers and resellers in Belgium and Luxembourg for most of that time. Vincent has taken up the position of product manager data protection, joining the Global product management team at Sophos. In his role, Vincent helps determine development plans and future roadmaps for the encryption products at Sophos. incent Next to that he regularly provides technical training sessions , frequently publishes articles about data protection, and is a much- requested speaker at IT-security focused events, seminars and conferences.


ECRYPT PROJECT: European Coordination and Support Action in Cryptology (EUROPE)
ECRYPT is a European Project lead by KU Leuven to strengthen European excellence in the area of cryptology and to achieve a durable integration and structuring of the European cryptography community, involving academia, industry, government stakeholders and defence agencies. The ECYPT-consortium consists of five leading European players in cryptographic research, including one SME.

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Vincent van der Leest, Director Business Development at Intrinsic-ID: Encryption for the Internet of Things: What about the Sensors?


IoT applications, whether industrial or consumer, are driven by data obtained from embedded sensors on the IoT device. Despite increasing concerns about security for IoT applications, these sensors has received little attention. The connection between an embedded sensor and the main processor in a device is almost never protected. One of the reasons for this, is that embedded sensors have limited or no processing capabilities and limited RAM and non-volatile memory (NVM) such as FLASH to build any security solution. Together with a leading sensor maker Intrinsic-ID pioneered a new approach called “TrustedSensor”. During this session, the presenter will explain how a persistent secret key can be extracted from the RAM-fingerprint of the sensor; how data sent from the sensor can be protected and additionally encrypted, without the need of any NVM or hardware crypto blocks.

About Vincent van der Leest: Vincent is Director Business Development at Intrinsic-ID, responsible for the customer- and funded project portfolio in Europe. Before becoming Director Business Development he has been involved in Intrinsic-ID’s PUF technology research as a Senior Project Leader, leading amongst others the FP7 projects UNIQUE and PUFFIN and being responsible for taping out a 65nm ASIC containing 6 different types of PUFs. During this time his research was focused on PUFs, coding theory and hardware security implementations. Vincent has published a number of papers in these areas, among others at (hardware and security) conferences like CHES, DATE and HOST. He is regularly invited to teach lectures on Physically Unclonable Functions. Vincent holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology and he has worked for major Dutch companies ASML, Philips and ProRail before joining Intrinsic-ID in 2009.

Practical Details:

Leuven nCrypt 2016 with Bart Preneel
June 13, from 10.30am till 4pm
KU Leuven ESAT | Elektrotechnisch Instituut
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Heverlee
Room B91.200 - Seminarielokaal 2

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