Futuristic ‘post-quantum’ cryptography is subject of UWT symposium

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.

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