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CryptoBG - Dimitar Jetchev's lecture Telepresented by VGOTheme: From Crypto to White Hat

10 – 17 July 2016 (Sunday-Sunday), “National Institute of Education”, Oriahovitza, Bulgaria (view map)

Registration is still open! >>> download from here

A limited scholarship fund is available. Full funding will be provided to a limited number of  students and researchers from Bulgaria. Partial funding of 200 Euro/person is allocated for students and researchers from outside Bulgaria. Selection will be based on applicant background (CV) and a motivation letter/e-mail. Deadline for application for scholarship: 20 May 2016

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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

  • e-ID and e-voting
  • IoT – crypto and security for smart devices – Internet of Things, Industrial Internet standardization, smart robots, homes, clothes and gadgets
  • Security for Industrial Systems – ICS/SCADA systems and Cyber Defense


  • 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 (including “intuitive” methods)
  • e-Voting – practical realization
  • security in the cloud – searchable encryption lab
  • side-channel resistance – practical labs and simulation

Especially for the Industry and Sponsors: Challenge the CryptoBG*2016 team – define a problem/challenge, bring it on day 1 and get a solution in a week!

Lectures and Tutorials – preliminary program

Dr. Nadia El Mrabet (Associate professor at École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France) – Intro to cryptography for IoT; Introduction to ECC (Elliptic Curves) and pairing; Practical labs in C/C++/Java or Sage
Dr. Laurent Poinsot (Associate professor at University of Paris 13, currently in École de l’air, France) – Quantum Cryptography
Dr. Claude Barral (CEO Bactech, France) – All you ever wanted to know about fingerprint recognition… and its bypassing!
Dr. Nicolas Gama (Université de Versailles, France ) – Crypto fundamentals, Practical labs, and challenges for CTF (TBC)
Dr. Mariya Georgieva (Gemalto, France) – A homomorphic LWE based e-voting scheme; Introduction to E-voting; eID
Dr. Elena Andreeva (KU Leuven, Belgium) – Authenticated encryption (TBC)
Dr. Dimitar Jetchev (EPFL, Switzerland) – Cryptology in the cloud: Searchable encryption (TBC)
Dr. George Sharkov (ESI CEE, MoD, Bulgaria) – Architecture and design for a National Cyber Security and Resilience system
Yavor Papazov (ESI CEE, Bulgaria) – Active Security

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

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