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Hybrid event

Wednesday 13 October 2021, 4pm-6pm (BST)

Join us from 4pm on Wednesday 13 October for a joint event between the University of Surrey’s Centre for Cyber Security and the SASIG, the UK’s premier cyber security network.

As for all SASIG events, there will be no charge to attend.

This is the latest event in Surrey’s ‘Future of Cyber’ series, organised by Surrey’s Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS).

With several major companies promising workable quantum computers by the end of the decade, coupled with techniques such as Shor’s Algorithm which promises to break certain encryption and digital signature schemes with the use of quantum computers, there is rapidly growing interest in understanding the future vulnerabilities of current asymmetric cryptographic techniques.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started a process in 2015 to identify algorithms and schemes that would be secure against quantum-enabled attacks. With the 3rd and hopefully final post-quantum computing selection conference having taken place in June, and a promise to select the final candidates by the end of 2021, we will be asking our expert panel to explain their latest thinking and to explore potential impact on existing computing systems, including problems like retrospective cracking of stored data, including security, medical and financial records.

With our audience’s help, we aim to explore wider aspects, such as digital divides between those countries that have quantum computers and those that do not, and what that means for cyber security on a global stage. We will also look at whether further advances in mathematics are likely to reveal new vulnerabilities in the algorithms that currently keep our data secure.

Speakers include:
  • Professor Liqun Chen – University of Surrey, with Dr Roberto Sassu and Dr Silviu Vlasceanu, Huawei
  • Dr Adrian Waller – Technical Consultant, Information Security at Thales Research and Technology (UK) Ltd
  • Dr Ali El Kaafarani – CEO and Founder at PQShield
  • Professor Tim Spiller – Hub Director, Quantum Information Technologies 

This will be a hybrid event.

The face-to-face event will be held at Surrey’s campus in Guildford, while there will be access to a live stream for remote participants.

Starting at 4pm and running for 2 hours, there will be an interactive Q&A session and networking opportunities. The event is free to attend for SASIG members and friends of Surrey.

Due to COVID restrictions, places are limited, so we recommend that you register early to ensure you reserve your place. Details on how to get to the campus and the event location will be provided to registered attendees.

In line with the University of Surrey’s guidance and requirements, we ask that attendees on campus wear a face covering throughout the event, except when seated, eating, drinking or presenting, and take a lateral flow test before attending.

SASIG is working hard to make our in-person events Covid-secure – you can find out more here.

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