The University of Washington Tacoma Institute of Technology will present a discussion about the esoteric field of post-quantum cryptography at the Northwest Cybersecurity Symposium on May 5.
“I’ve been researching post-quantum cryptography for years, finding ways to protect against a threat that doesn’t yet exist,” said Anderson Nascimento, assistant professor of computer science at the institute, in a release.
Post-quantum cryptography refers to encryption that would be secure against an attack by a quantum computer — a kind of supercomputer using quantum mechanics, which, so far, exists only in theory.
The Symposium, “Next-Gen Cybersecurity: Are you ready for post-quantum cryptography?” will feature a pair of panel discussions on both cryptography and the growing divide between privacy and security. Participants include Dr. Neal Koblitz and Paulo Barreto, both noted cryptographers; Jesse Walker, with the Intel Security Research Lab; Josh Benaloh, senior cryptographer at Microsoft Research; and Lt. Col. Tom Muehleisen, who will represent the Washington National Guard cybersecurity unit at Camp Murray.
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U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and Cris Ewell, chief information officer at UW Medicine, will also speak.
The symposium will be from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave. It is open to the public with a $25 entry fee. Military members will receive a discount. For more information call 253-692-5753.
C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535