4th Bar-Ilan Winter School on Cryptography

Symmetric Encryption in Theory and in Practice

January 27-30, 2014

School overview

The winter school will study symmetric encryption in theory and in practice. The school will include a study of the theoretical foundations of symmetric encryption on the one hand, and practical constructions and cryptanalysis on the other hand. These two topics will provide a broad basis for all participants. The school will then proceed to study advanced constructions like tweakable block ciphers, format preserving encryption, disk encryption and advanced types of authenticated encryption. Finally, the school will conclude with advanced and recent attacks on symmetric encryption in SSL/TLS, IPsec, SSH and more. The school program includes approximately 24 hours of lectures and a social dinner.

The target audience for the school is graduate students and postdocs in cryptography (we will assume that participants have taken at least one university-level course in cryptography). However, faculty, undergrads and professionals with the necessary background are all welcome. The winter school is open to participants from all over the world; all talks will be in English.

School Lecturers

Additional Information

Organizers: Yehuda Lindell and Benny Pinkas, Department of Computer Science, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Where: The winter school will take place in the Wohl Centre at Bar Ilan University in the Tel-Aviv area.

When: Monday January 27, 2014 to Thursday January 30, 2014

Registration: Participation is free, but registration is required. Registration includes school participation, lunch and refreshment, a social event, and transportation to and from the school hotel. (Accommodation is not included). Please register by December 15, 2013 by sending email to winterschool.biu@gmail.com.

Hotel: We have arranged a special rate at the Leonardo Boutique Hotel, in Ramat Hahayal, Tel Aviv. There are restaurants in the area of the hotel, and there will also be transportation to the center of Tel Aviv in the evening. In addition, we provide transportation to and from the Winter School location. The rate is $165 a night for a single room and $185 a night for a double room (with two occupants). The rate includes breakfast.

Support: A small number of stipends of $800 each (for flight and accommodation) will be awarded for overseas students needing support. The deadline for stipend application is December 1, 2013. Please have your advisor send a letter justifying the need for financial support.

Sponsorship: This winter school is graciously sponsored by the European Research Council under the European UnionŐs Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) / ERC Grant Agreement n. 239868 (LAST), the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n. 609611 (PRACTICE), Bar-Ilan University, and the Check Point Institute for Information Security.


Program Schedule

Program Schedule: The detailed schedule for the winter school can be downloaded here.

Monday, January 27: Theoretical Foundations
Lecturers: Benny Applebaum and Iftach Haitner Tuesday, January 28: Cryptanalysis
Lecturers: Eli Biham and Orr Dunkelman Wednesday, January 29: Encryption Modes and Attacks
Lecturer: Kenny Paterson (slides) Thursday, January 30: Advanced Symmetric Schemes
Lecturer: Thomas Ristenpart (slides)