Bridge Theory to Practice: Cryptology and Cyber Resilience

19 -26 July 2015 (Sunday-Sunday), “National Institute of Education”, Oriahovitza, Bulgaria

Registration is now open!

Registration form >>> download from here. Deadline for registration: 15 May 2015

Limited scholarship fund is available. Full funding will be provided to a limited number of  students and researchers from Bulgaria. Partial funding of 250 Euro/person is allocated for students and researchers from outside Bulgaria. Selection will be based on applicant background (CV) and a motivation letter/email. Deadline for application for scholarship: 10 May 2015

First Announcement >>> download from here

Sponsorship package >>> download from here

Queries and interest >>> info (at) cryptoBG (dot) org

One intensive week of theory, practice and discussions: 4-hour lectures and tutorials by international experts extended with practical workshops, labs and seminars, simulations, round-table discussions and working groups on hot topics

Topics of the year – the specific focus areas for 2015 edition will be:

  • Crypto for cloud – Searchable encryption and Homomorphic encryption (with practical simulations and demo-kit)
  • Crypto and security for smart devices – Internet of Things, the emerging standard of “industrial Internet”, theory and practice (semi-autonomous, robots) – specific aspect: Side channel attacks


  • elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), symmetric key, lattice-based cryptography
  • efficient arithmetic and integer factorization
  • functional encryption – identity-based encryption (IBE) and attribute-based encryption (ABE)
  • curve-based cryptography – theoretical and practical aspects
  • pairing-based cryptography
  • blind signatures and e-voting schemes
  • secure communications


  • personal secure devices, mobile security
  • secure architectures, “security by design” aspects
  • biometrics for security, multi-factor security (incl. “intuitive” methods)
  • e-Voting – practical realization
  • security in the cloud – searchable encryption lab
  • side-channel resistance – practical labs and simulation


  • Challenge CryptoBG*2015 participants >>> Define a problem, put it on the table on day 1 and get a short and simple solution by the end of the summer school!

Preliminary list of Lectures and Tutorials:

Dr. Nicolas Gama (Universite de Versailles, France) – 1) Lattices related problems, homomorphic encryption; 2) Basics of quantum algorithms against factorization, discrete logs, Grover algorithm; 3) The beast attack against TLS (CBC versions)
Dr. Valerie Gauthier (University of Rosario, Bogota, Columbia) – Code based cryptography (TBC)
Dr. Dimitar Jetchev (EPFL, Switzerland) – cryptology in the cloud, searchable encryption (+ intro to fundamentals)
Dr. Elena Andreeva (KU Leuven, Belgium) – Authenticated encryption
Dr. Iosif Androulidakis (Greece) – Security of telecommunication systems (focus on data channels)
Dr. Mariya Georgieva (Gemalto, France) – Encryption for dynamical systems and security
Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia (Huawei Technologies, France) – Broadcast еncryption
Dr. Guillaume Bouffard (ANSSI, France) – JavaCard сecurity

And your favorite CTF*BG round (Capture The Flag) by CyResLab (of ESI CEE) RED <>BLUE teams in 3 sessions:

  • CTF “warm up” & challenges explained
  • active security – MITM demos, Аpplication security and exploitation, Secure Coding digest
  • CTF*BG Ultimate

Red <> Blue from CryptoBG*2014

Round table discussions:

  • e-voting and e-Government (Bulgaria, Europe)
  • collective Cyber Resilience – stakeholders engagements and commitments
  • What’s next – threats and challenges

Organized by:

In Cooperation with IACR


Supported by:

SofiaTech Park
FMI (Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Sofia University)
AUBG (American University in Bulgaria)
Mayor Municipality of Stara Zagora Zhivko Todorov