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ECE Graduate Seminar Lecture by Dr. Markku-Juhani O. Saarinen, Senior Cryptography Engineer, PQShield Ltd., Oxford, UK (via Zoom)

Wednesday, October 06, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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Building and Testing Entropy Sources for Cryptography



When designing cryptographic Random Bit Generators (RBGs), it is essential to understand how they are tested, certified, and used in high-security chips and applications. After a bit of history and relevant theory, I'll be covering common physical noise source and entropy source designs and how RBGs are constructed from those. Emphasis is on current and upcoming U.S. (FIPS / NIST) and International (Common Criteria) key generation standards for high-security applications, and also attacks, defenses, and research challenges that go a bit beyond those requirements.



Dr. Markku-Juhani O. Saarinen

Senior Cryptography Engineer, PQShield Ltd., Oxford, UK



Markku is a Senior Cryptography Engineer with PQShield Ltd. in Oxford, UK. He is one of the main designers of the new RISC-V Scalar Cryptography and Entropy Source extensions, but has been working on cryptography for more than two decades. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London (2009).


    Host: Professor Fatemeh (Saba) Ganji