Public sector perspective on quantum safe cryptography

Published at:
15:00 (UTC) Wednesday, 28th October, 2020
Dan G, UK Government
Manfred Lochter, Mathematician, German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Kevin Stine, Chief, Applied Cybersecurity Division at National Institute of Standards and Technology
Bridget Walshe, Director General, Secure Solutions and Services, Government of Canada
Moderated by Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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The advent of quantum computers is an issue for governments who not only need to be ready themselves, but also need to ensure that industry and other users are ready too. On this panel, representatives from several national security authorities will discuss where they believe governments should be focussing their efforts, their role in assisting industry to plan transition, and their thoughts on areas for future research.


Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV


Dan G

Mathematician, UK Government


Dan has worked for the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its predecessor, CESG, for 9 years, specialising in cryptography. He has worked on all aspects of cryptography, from theory to practice, focusing in recent years on post-quantum cryptography. He has led work on the design and analysis of new cryptographic systems and protocols, which has included producing and contributing to standards and papers; for example, he led the development of the NCSC's original white papers on quantum key distribution and quantum safe cryptography. Dan has been an NCSC representative on the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and is currently a member of ETSI CYBER-QSC.

Manfred Lochter

Mathematician, German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)


Manfred Lochter studied mathematics and physics in Cologne and Saarbrücken. In 1992 he received his Ph. D. From the University of Cologne. In his thesis he investigated connections between prime decomposition, group theory and representation theory. During his Post Doc years he worked on problems from commutative algebra.

Since 1994 he works for the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), section Requirements for and Development of Cryptographic Mechanisms. His interests include number theory, elliptic curve cryptography, factoring, side-channel analysis and the implementation of cryptographic mechnisms in hardware and software.

In 2003 he participated in the team that factored RSA-130 and was responsible for the generation and standardisation of the Brainpool standard elliptic curves. Currently he coordinates BSI‘s quantum- and blockchain activities.

Kevin Stine

Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Mr. Kevin Stine is the Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Information Technology Laboratory. He also serves as acting NIST Chief Cybersecurity Advisor. In these roles, he leads NIST collaborations with industry, academia, and government to help organizations’ better understand, measure, and manage cybersecurity and privacy risk through the development and effective application of standards, practices, and technologies. The Applied Cybersecurity Division develops cybersecurity and privacy guidelines, example solutions, and other resources to help address challenges in priority areas such as healthcare, energy, manufacturing, public safety, election infrastructure, and others. The Division is home to several programs including the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Cybersecurity Framework, Cybersecurity for IoT, Identity and Access Management, Privacy Engineering and Risk Management, and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

Bridget Walshe

Director General, Secure Solutions and Services, Government of Canada


Bridget Walshe is Director General, Secure Solutions and Services Directorate at the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, responsible for applied research, architecture, engineering and development of secure cryptographic solutions.

Bridget was previously Director of Cryptographic Security and Systems Development, responsible for evaluating the security of cryptographic products, providing cryptographic advice and guidance, and modernizing the Government of Canada’s classified infrastructure.

Since joining CSE in 2003, Bridget has served in positions across the organization, including as a Mathematician in the IT Security program, where she conducted applied research in cryptography and provided advice and guidance on the use of Cryptographic algorithms by the Government of Canada. In subsequent roles in management and technical direction, she has had the opportunity to lead mathematicians and computer scientists in developing complex solutions.

Bridget holds B.Sc. & M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Victoria.

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