The 9th ETSI/IQC Quantum Safe Cryptography Event returned to an in-person format at ETSI Headquarters in Sophia Antipolis from 13-15 February 2023. See the Event Newsrelease !

The event started with an Executive Track on 13 February followed by a Technical Track on 14-15 February

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, connected devices and information assets from cyber threats rely on cryptographic tools and standards that will be broken by emerging quantum technologies. 

Planning and preparing is critical. A new suite of tools resilient to quantum computers must be standardized and deployed in order to maintain the availability and reliability of cyber systems and protect confidentiality and integrity.

As progress toward a cryptographically relevant quantum computer advances, the imperative to prepare for a transition continues to increase. As standards start to emerge, solutions start to become commercially available, best practices are developed and shared, and the ability to transition in a secure and cost-effective way continues to increase. We are in the middle of this long and complex journey and much remains to be understood and done.

This event brought together diverse participants 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.

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  • 13 February: Executive Track

    Business leaders worldwide are increasingly taking concrete steps to prepare for the quantum era: protecting business continuity, the resilience of critical cyber systems, and the integrity and confidentiality of information assets.

    The Executive Track on 13 February was designed for business executives, including CEOs, CTOs and CISOs, and outlined the state of the quantum threat and quantum risk management.

    Attendees learnt how quantum computers are poised to disrupt the current technology landscape, and approaches being taken by businesses and governments to manage the quantum risk to information assets, cyber systems and business continuity, now and into the future of quantum computing.

    More precisely, this one-day event was an opportunity to get an executive-level overview of quantum computing, why it is important and how it will disrupt the IT landscape.

    9.30 Welcome Address
    Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director-General 

    9.40 Setting the Scene
    Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo, PC Chair

    9.45 KEYNOTE: The EU Cybersecurity Strategy for a Quantum-Safe Future
    Marco Barros Lourenco, ENISA

    10.15 KEYNOTE: Trust in Secure Communication Networks
    Felix Wissel, Deutsche Telekom

    10.45 Morning Coffee & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    11.15 KEYNOTE: Quantum Secure Space System
    Johanna Sepulveda, Airbus

    11.45 KEYNOTE: Quantum Computing for Business Executives
    Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo

    12.45 Lunch & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    14.15 Panel 1: Government Actions and Policy Directions, led by Colin Whorlow, NCSC

    Government authorities and policy experts are driving the mitigation of quantum risk for government systems, and play a key role in the oversight of critical digital systems. This session will engage a range of thought leaders to discuss the approach to quantum safe cryptography, the challenges, and the role of government.

    • Lily Chen, NIST
    • Jonathan Hammell, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
    • Tobias Hemmert, BSI

    15.15 Panel 2: Quantum-Safe Migration Perspectives from Information Systems Providers, led by Matt Campagna, Amazon

    This panel will focus on the strategies and challenges that technology providers face as they prepare to migrate to quantum-safe technologies. Experts will discuss the various approaches they are taking to ensure the security of their systems are protected against a large-scale quantum computer.
    Topics that will be covered include the development and deployment of quantum-resistant algorithms, quantum key distribution protocols, and the timelines for integration of quantum-safe technologies into existing systems.
    Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussions with the panelists about the future of quantum-safe technology and its impact on the information systems we use today.

    • Martin Beauchamp, GSMA
    • Stefan Kölbl, Google
    • Simon Patkovik, IDquantique
    • Michael Salmon, Verizon 
    • Martin Schlaeffer, Infineon

    16.15 Coffee & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    16.45 Panel 3 Deployment of Quantum-Safe Solutions, led by Jaya Baloo, Vice Chair, SAB, EU Quantum Flagship

    The experts in this panel will share their experiences in deploying quantum solutions in various industries. Hear from leaders in finance, telecom and technology as they discuss the challenges and successes they've encountered while implementing quantum technologies in their organizations. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the pioneers in the field and gain insights into the practical applications of quantum technology. 

    • Peter Bordow, Wellsfargo
    • Bruno Couillard, Crypto4A Technologies, Inc.
    • Gilles Piché, Bank of Canada
    • Xinhua Ling, Amazon

    17.45 Close of the Executive Track
    Networking cocktail 

  • 14 February - Technical Track Day 1

    09.00 Opening Remarks
    Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo, Programme Committee Chair

    09.05 SESSION 1: World Tour  of Quantum Safe Activities
    Session Chair : Colin Whorlow, NCSC

    9.05 The First NIST PQC Standards
    Dustin Moody, Lily Chen, National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

    9.20 Overview of Quantum Communication Industry Development in China
    Wei Qi, CAS Quantum Network Co., Ltd.

    9.35 Status and Plan of Quantum-Safe Communication Infra in South Korea
    Dong Hi Sim, SK Telecom

    09.50 National Quantum Safe Network in Singapore
    Hao Qin, NUS

    10.05 HellasQCI: National Scale Deployment of Quantum Communications Systems and Networks
    Gergios Kanellos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

    10.20 Morning Coffee & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    11.00 Research and Development Activities for Quantum Secure Cloud in Japan
    Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University

    11.15 Migration towards a Quantum-safe Public-Key-Infrastructure for the German Public Administration
    Stavros Kousidis, BSI

    11.30 HAPKIDO: Migrating to Quantum-Safe Public-Key Infrastructures
    Gabriele Spini, TNO

    11..45 ETSI TC Cyber QSC Update
    Matt Campagna, ETSI TC Cyber QSC Chair, Amazon

    12.00 ETSI ISG QKD Activities
    Martin Ward, ETSI ISG QKD Chair, Toshiba

    12.15 Lunch & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    13:45 SESSION 2: PQC and QKD Integration
    Session Chair Martin Ward, ETSI ISG QKD Chairman, Toshiba

    13.45 Muckle++: Experimental Integration of QKD and Post-Quantum Cryptography in a Hybrid Quantum-Safe Cryptosystem
    Ayesha Khalid, EIT, Queen's University Belfast

    14.00 BasQuaNA: Building a Standardized Quantum-Safe Networking Architecture
    Sarah McCarthy, University of Waterloo

    14.15 Hybrid Authenticated Key Exchanges: Status-Quo, Novel Constructions, and Applications to Long-Range Quantum-Safe Networks
    Christoph Striecks, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

    14.30 Discussion

    14.45 SESSION 3: Migration Approaches
    Session Chair: Hong Xiang, Chongqing University

    14.45 NIST NCCoE Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography Project
    Murugiah Souppaya,  National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

    15.00 A PQC Migration Handbook: Guidelines for Migrating to Post-Quantum Cryptography
    Ward van der Schoot "Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) 

    15.15 Preparing for the Inevitable – Getting Ready for the Post-Quantum World
    Joanna Sliwa, NATO

    15.30 A New Hope: Efficient Migration Scenarios of PKIs to New Algorithms
    Jan Klaussner Bundesdruckerei GmbH

    15.45 The Hybrid Bridge for Migrating X.509 Ecosystems to PQ
    Juan Carlos Fernández, Entrust

    16.00 Discussion

    16.15 Afternoon Coffee & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    16.45 SESSION 4: Migration and Performance Challenges
    Session Chair:  Mark Pecen, Approach Infinity

    16.45 The effect of Dilithium on QUIC Performance and Potential Solutions
    Panos Kampanakis, Amazon

    17.00 Challenges for the Post-Quantum Transition of Mobile Ecosystems
    Florian Caullery, Qualcomm France

    17.15 Challenges of Deploying and Integrating Post-Quantum Cryptography in Hyper-Scale IoTs in 5G and NextG Settings
    Reza Azarderakhsh, FAU and PQSecure

    17.30 Quantum-safe Virtual Private Networks
    Sophia Grunder-Culemann, University of Munich

    17.45 Discussion

    18.00 Close of Technical Track Day 1 - Networking Drink 

  • 15 February - Technical Track Day 2

    09.00 SESSION 5: Vulnerabilities
    Session Chair : Matt Campagna, ETSI Cyber QSC Chair, Amazon

    9.00 The Downfall of SIKE and the Future of Isogeny-Based Cryptography
    Wouter Castryck, imec-COSIC, KU Leuven

    9.15 Practical Improvements on BKZ Algorithm
    Jintai Ding,Tsinghua University

    9.30 PQC Side-Channel Leakage Assessments in the Semiconductor Industry
    Markku-Juhani Saarinen PQShield Ltd

    9.45 The Challenge of  Side-Channel Countermeasures on Post-Quantum Crypto
    Rina Zeitoun IDEMIA

    10.00 Discussion

    10.15 Morning Coffee & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    10:45 SESSION 6: Validation, Testing and Certification
    Session Chair: Martin Ward, ETSI ISG QKD Chair, Toshiba

    10.45 Single-photon Metrology for Testing the Implementation Security of QKD Systems and Components
    Alice Meda, INRIM

    11.00 Assessment of Device-Dependent Quantum Random Number Generators
    Christopher Chunnillal, National Physical Laboratory (UK)

    11.15 Panel Discussion on QKD Certification

    • Christopher Chunnillal, National Physical Laboratory (UK)
    • Thomas Laenger, ID Quantique Europe
    • Masato Koashi, Tokyo University
    • Hongsong Shi, China Information Technology Security Evaluation Center

    12.00 Lunch & Networking Break
    Poster Visits

    13.30 SESSION 7: Case Studies
    Session Chair: Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo

    13.30 Post-Quantum Fido2
    Sandra Guasch, SandboxAQ

    13.45 A Post-Quantum Construction for Signal's Handshake (X3DH)
    Thomas Preset, PQshield

    14.00 Firmware Integrity in the Quantum Age -- How to Prepare Against Threats of Quantum Computing Now
    Martin Schlaeffer, Infineon


    14.15 Discussion

    14.30 Wrap Up
    Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo, Programme Committee Chair

    14.45 Close of the Event

  • Michele Mosca, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo (Programme Committee Chair)
  • Jaya Baloo,Vice Chair, SAB, EU Quantum Flagship
  • Johannes Buchmann, TU Darmstadt
  • Matthew Campagna, Sr. Principal Engineer, Amazon Web Services
  • Lily Chen, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST
  • Sonia Compans, ETSI
  • Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva
  • Máire O'Neill, Queen's University Belfast
  • Mark Pecen, Approach Infinity, Inc.
  • Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
  • Masahiro Takeoka, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan
  • Martin Ward, Toshiba Europe
  • Colin Whorlow, Head of International Standards, NCSC
  • Hong Xiang, Chongqing University

Attendees had the opportunity to visit the following posters during the networking breaks:

  1. Quantum-Safe Transition for Trust Services
    Rudi Gaspardo, Matteo Todescato, Luca Boldrin and Giuliana Marzola

  2. Post-Quantum Secure Internet Voting
    Johannes Mueller, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg

  3. Efficient Migration of PKIs using Hybrid Cryptography and Key Update
    Jan Klaussner, Frank Byszio-Wegener and Kim Nguyen

  4. The Madrid Quantum Network: An example of ETSI standards as integrative element of next generation QKD network on real telco infrastructure
    Juan Pedro Brito Mendez, Vicente Martin Ayuso, Laura Ortiz Martin, Ruben David Brito Mendez, Rafael Juan Vicente Garcia, Jaime Saez de Buruaga, Alberto Juan Sebastian Lombraña, Rafael Artiñano Muñoz and Jose Luis Rosales

  5. Continuous Variable Quantum Key Distribution in Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Settings
    Shradhanjali Sahu, University of Leeds

  6. Time and Frequency Techniques for Phase Stabilization in Real-World Twin-Field QKD
    Salvatore Virzì, Cecilia Clivati, Alice Meda, Simone Donadello, Marco Genovese, Ivo Pietro Degiovanni and Davide Calonico

  7. Introducing PQC in VoIP Communication and Integration of PQC & QKD in legacy IP Encryptors
    Rakesh Singh Rawat, Himani Gandhi Garg, Prashant Singh, Ashutosh Tekriwal, Sahil Kalra and Prashant Chugh - CDOT

  8. Easing entry into QKD with an ETSI 014 reference implementation, test suite and the standardization of Post Processing
    Noel Farrugia, André Xuereb and Johann A. Briffa

  9. Side Channel Leakage assessment of NIST PQC Algorithm Crystal-Kyber implemented on FPGA
    Sabyasachi Mandal, Priya Prasad and Swarnim Agrawal

  10. Practical Quantum-Safe Device Enrolment
    Charlie Grover

  11. Holistic Approach to Quantum-Safe Infrastructures
    John Sirianni, QWERX

Presentations made during the event are available in PDF format.

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Recognition & Thanks