This week’s Cyber-Defence Campus lunch seminar revolved around the topic of postquantum cryptography and its implementation challenges.

Jean-Charles Faugere, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer at CryptoNext Security presented at our seminar in Berne various use cases of post-quantum encryption algorithms, and if not properly implemented, how they can create vulnerabilities or lack the flexibility required for future scalability.

Transition of systems and applications to be quantum safe goes far beyond defining new cryptographic algorithms that can resist to quantum computer attacks. Postquantum remediation, if not implemented the right way can introduce vulnerabilities or simply miss the agility required for future scalability . A global PQ multi-layer approach encompassing crypto library, protocols & objects, development tools up to applications plugins is required. We will discuss this through technology and standards updates as well as real-life implementation feedbacks for typical use cases.

Speaker’s biography

Jean-Charles Faugère is a pioneer in the area of quantum-safe cryptography, having developed efficient algorithms and high-performance software for a large variety of quantum-safe cryptosystems. Jean-Charles is the co-author of over 150 publications and several submissions to the on-going NIST post-quantum standardization process. Formerly, Jean-Charles was research director at INRIA in charge of management of a INRIA Paris, Sorbonne University and CNRS joint-research PQC team. He has been awarded by the Seymour Cray prize for a contribution to high-performance software and the Atos & Joseph Fourier prize in the area of quantum technologies for his contributions to quantum-safe cryptography. Jean-Charles Faugère is graduated from École Normale Supérieure Ulm (mathematics).