ETSI / IQC Quantum Safe Workshop

  • 13-15 September 2017Add this to my calendar
  • There is no charge for this event
  • Westminster Conference Centre, Londonexpand

The 5th ETSI/IQC Workshop will take place in London (UK) on 13 – 15 September 2017.
It will start with a special Executive Track on 13 September and will be followed by an in depth technical track on 14-15 September 2017, on which ETSI is currently calling for presentations and poster session.

As we increasingly rely on cyber technologies, we are ever more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The cybersecurity tools at the centre of protecting our business functions and information assets from cyber threats rely on cryptographic tools and standards that will be broken by emerging quantum technologies.

A new suite of tools resilient to quantum computers must be standardized and deployed in order to maintain reliable cyber systems and protect confidentiality.
This three-day workshop will bring together diverse players in the quantum-safe cybersecurity community to facilitate the knowledge exchange and collaboration required to transition cyber infrastructures and business practices to make them safe in an era with quantum computers.

All three workshop days are free of charge and open to those who wish to learn more about how we are all affected by the fast-evolving race to build a quantum computer.

Register for Executive Track for the Executive Track on 13 September 2017

Target Audience

The Executive Track on 13 September is designed for business leaders and will outline the state of the quantum threat and its mitigation for a C-level audience including CEOs, CTOs and CISOs.

Why attend?

Attendees will learn how quantum computers are poised to disrupt the current security landscape, how government and industry organizations are approaching this threat, and the emerging solutions to help organizations protect their cyber systems and assets, now and into the future of quantum computing. More precisely, this one day event will be an opportunity to: 

  • Get an executive level overview of quantum computing, why it is important and how it will disrupt the IT landscape;
  • Find out how leading vendors are approaching this massive increase in cyber vulnerability and planning for security enhancements that will also protect against the quantum threat;
  • Find out about the commercially available conventional solutions and how they can help prepare your organization for a quantum future;
  • Hear about why standardization is important to drive security and interoperability across the ICT industry;
  • Find out about the road ahead for both the ICT Industry and the CxOs that need to build plans to ensure that they are well protected from the evolving threat of a quantum computer;
    Authenticating a transaction with your bank, updating the software on your computer and protecting your corporate network – all of these standard tasks face significant threats from quantum computers.

The agenda of this one day event is currently being worked on and will be available by the end of June. 

Register for Executive Track  on 14-15 September 

Target Audience

Days 2 and 3, 14-15 September are designed for members of the business, government and research communities with a stake in cryptographic standardization on a global scale. This is a unique opportunity to engage with key members of the quantum-safe cryptography community, participate in practical and scientific discussions and move towards a standardized approach to quantum-safe cryptographic solutions.

Why attend?

A range of research and commercial presentations will focus on state-of-the-art quantum key distribution, and the selection criteria for the new encryption algorithms that will protect the world's communications. Some of the next-generation standards development work currently in progress at ETSI and other international standards organizations will be reviewed.
Our goal is to identify and give focus to further research and development on quantum-safe cryptography and its application.
The workshop will showcase both the most recent requirements from industry and government, and cutting-edge potential solutions coming out of the most recent research. 

Calling for Presentations

We are currently calling for Presentations on the following subjects:

  1. Global efforts on quantum-safe schemes
  2. Practical challenges to quantum-safe schemes
  3. Computational constraints and considerations for post-quantum cryptography and security from an industry perspective
  4. High priority use cases for quantum-safe cryptography
  5. Standards for quantum cryptography devices and systems
  6. Standards for quantum-resistant public-key crypto algorithms
  7. Testing, metrics and certification for quantum-safety
  8. New applications of post quantum crypto or QKD
  9. Attempts at cryptanalysis of new post-quantum systems
  10. Migration paths for post-quantum crypto and/or QKD

Should your company be interested in submitting a proposal, please return the attached form to before 17 April 2017.

Calling for Poster Session

Poster sessions will take place during the breaks of the Technical Tracks.
Contributions are invited, please return the attached form to before 30 July 2017.
The posters should make reference to one of the topics of the call for presentations.

Due to the different nature of the audience for the Executive Track and the Technical Track, two different registrations are provided.

Registration is mandatory to attend the event and should be done by 6 September, as the event will be hosted in The Westminster Conference Centre UK, which is a government venue. 
Should you wish to attend both threads, please register twice. 

Due to the nature of the venue, there will be a daily physical registration and id check. 

Register for Executive Track for the Executive Track on 13 September

Register for Executive Track for the Technical Track on 14-15 September

  • Michele Mosca, co-founder of IQC, University of Waterloo, Programme Committee Chairman
  • Klitos Andrea,Business Development Manager,National Quantum Technologies Programme:  Quantum Communications Hub, University of York
  • Johannes Buchmann, Prof. of Informatics and Mathematics, TU Darmstadt
  • Matthew Campagna, Principal Engineer, Amazon Web Services
  • Sonia Compans, Technical Officer, ETSI
  • Donna Dodson, Deputy Chief Cybersecurity Advisor & Division Chief for Computer Security Division, NIST
  • Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva
  • Mark Pecen, Approach Infinity, Inc.
  • Bart Preneel, Past-President of IACR
  • Masahide Sasaki, Director Quantum ICT Laboratory, NICT
  • Andrew Shields, Chairman of ETSI QKD, Toshiba
  • Colin Whorlow, Head of International Standards, CESG


Johannes Buchmann, Member of the Programme Committee
Johannes Buchmann received a PhD from the Universität zu Köln, Germany in 1982. 1985 and 1986 he was a PostDoc at the Ohio State University on a Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. From 1988 to 1996 he was a professor of Computer Sience ate the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken. Since 1996 he is a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Technische Universität Darmstadt. From 2001 to 2007 he was Vice President Research of TU Darmstadt. In 1993 he received the Leibniz-Prize of the German Science Foundation and in 2012 the Tsugming Tu Award of Taiwan. His is a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and of the German Academy of  Science Leopoldina.

Matthew Campagna, Amazon Web Services, Member of the Programme Committee
Matthew Campagna is the Principal Security Engineer in Amazon Web Services Inc.'s Cryptography Group where he currently leads the cryptographic design of AWS cryptographic services such as AWS KMS, CloudHSM and AWS Certificate Manager. Matthew is an affiliate of Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, and a member of the ETSI Security Algorithms Group Experts (SAGE). Previously Matthew led the Certicom Research group at BlackBerry managing research in cryptography and standards participation in ANSI, ZigBee, SECG, ETSI's SAGE, and the 3GPP-SA3 working group. Prior to joining Certicom, Matthew managed the Secure Systems research group at Pitney Bowes, and worked for the U.S. Department of Defense. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Wesleyan University in group theory, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Fordham University.


Donna Dodson, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST - Member of the Programme Committee
Donna Dodson is also the Division Chief of the Computer Security Division (CSD) and the Acting Executive Director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Donna oversees the CSD cybersecurity research program to develop standards, guidelines, technology, tests and metrics for the protection of unclassified Federal information and systems. Through partnerships with industry, Dodson also ensures NIST cybersecurity contributions help secure the Nation’s sensitive information and systems. This includes establishing public-private collaborations for accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies. Dodson received one Department of Commerce Gold Medal and three NIST Bronze Medals. She was a recipient of a 2011 Federal 100 Award for her contributions to advancements in cybersecurity and included in the Top 10 Influential People in Government Information Security.


Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva - Member of the Programme Committee
Prof. Nicolas Gisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952. He received his Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from the University of Geneva in 1981. After a post-doc at the University of Rochester, NY, and four years in industry, he joined the Group of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva where he has led the optics section since 1988. His activities range from the foundations of quantum physics to applications in quantum communications. In 2009 he was the first awardee of the John Steward Bell prize.



Michele Mosca, Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo - Chairman of the Programme Committee
Michele Mosca (DPhil, Oxford) is co-founder and Deputy Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, and a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is co-founder and director of the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Building a Workforce for the Cryptographic Infrastructure of the 21st Century ( His current research interests include quantum algorithms and complexity, and the development of cryptographic tools that will be safe against quantum technologies. Awards and honours include the 2010 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award, Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computation (2002-2012), Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2010-present), University Research Chair (2012-present), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013).

Mark PecenMark Pecen, CEO, Approach Infinity, Inc. - Member of the Programme Committee
MARK PECEN serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation. Approach Infinity provides advisory services to several technology start-ups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security products for next-generation networks and computing platforms. He also serves as chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee Cyber for Quantum Safe Cryptography (QSC) and is a technology advisor to the Canadian government, member of several corporate boards and an investor in multiple technology companies. Pecen retired as senior vice president of BlackBerry, Ltd. and was previously awarded the title of Motorola Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing technology and standards for wireless communication. He is an inventor on more than 100 fundamental patents in wireless communication, networking and computing, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Masahide Sasaki, Director Quantum ICT Laboratory at NICT - Member of the Programme Committee
Masahide Sasaki received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Tohoku University, Sendai Japan, in 1986, 1988 and 1992, respectively.  During 1992-1996, he worked on the development of semiconductor memory in Nippon-Kokan Company (current JFE Holdings), Kanagawa Japan.  In 1996, he joined the Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (since 2004, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications).  Since 1994, he has been working on quantum optics, quantum communication and quantum cryptography. He is presently Director of Quantum ICT Laboratory, NICT, and the Chair of Quantum ICT Forum, Japan, a Committee Member of ‘The International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC)’, and the Chair of `5th International Conference on Quantum Cryptography (QCrypt 2015)’.  Dr. Sasaki is a member of Japanese Society of Physics, and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan.


Colin Whorlow, Head of International Standards, CESG - Member of the Programme Committee
Colin Whorlow has worked in CESG, the UK National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, for 15 years. Now Head of International Standards he was formerly Head of International Relations where he led CESG's engagement on EU and NATO information assurance issues. Colin is a member of the Management Board of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and of the SOG-IS Management Committee. He has led workshops on the impact of Cybersecurity on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection as part of the Meridian Process and at the Budapest Conference on Cyberspace. Previously Head of Export Control Colin chaired the Information Security Technical Working Group at the Wassenaar Arrangement for some years. Colin's degree is in mathematics, which he read at Oxford University.

The 5th ETSI-IQC Quantum-Safe Cryptography Workshop will be held in 
The Westminster Conference Centre,
1 Victoria Street, London  

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