Cryptography has invaded the world: mobile phones, subways, printers, video games, DVDs and the Internet all feature cryptographic techniques. But how secure is cryptography in practice? Which cryptographic algorithms and which key-sizes should one use? Cryptanalysis, the dark side of cryptology, tries to answer these questions by designing and analyzing the best attacks. In this survey talk, we explain what is modern cryptanalysis. No prior knowledge of cryptanalysis is required.
Phong Nguyen is a Research Director at INRIA. He obtained his PhD in 1999, and is associate editor of the Journal of Cryptology and the Journal of Mathematical Cryptology.
His main research interest is public-key cryptanalysis, ranging from the design and analysis of algorithms to real-life attacks.