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Best 11 Quotes From the Cryptographers' Panel

Cryptographers at an RSA Conference panel aren't worried about adversarial quantum cryptography. Machine learning, though, causes pressing practical issues.

Sara Peters

May 18, 2021

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RSA CONFERENCE 2021 – The annual Cryptographers' Panel, moderated Monday by RSA chief digital officer Zulfikar Ramzan, brought together cryptographers Carmela Troncoso, assistant professor at EPFL; Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University and Edinburgh University; and panel mainstays (the R and S in "RSA") MIT professor Ron Rivest and Weizmann Institute professor of computer science Adi Shamir. (Another usual participant, cryptographer Whitfield Diffie, was not part of the panel but did a rapid-fire, one-on-one repartee with Ramzan.) 

The discussions hit on machine learning (adversarial and otherwise), quantum computing, responsible vulnerability disclosure, COVID-19 contact tracing, supply chain security, cyber resilience, and a recently proposed algorithm for factorization that claims it could defeat the RSA cryptoystem. Read on for a rundown of the most memorable quotes from the discussion.  

About the Author(s)

Sara Peters

Senior Editor

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.


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