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Lightweight Cryptography Workshop 2016

In 2013, NIST initiated the lightweight cryptography project to study the performance of the current NIST-approved cryptographic standards on constrained devices and to understand the need for a dedicated lightweight cryptography standard, and if the need is identified, to design a transparent process for standardization. In 2015, NIST held the first Lightweight Cryptography Workshop in Gaithersburg, MD, to get public feedback on the requirements and characteristics of real-world applications of lightweight cryptography. Currently, NIST is developing a report on lightweight cryptography, which will provide an overview of the project, as well as the plans for moving forward. In particular, NIST has decided to create a portfolio of dedicated lightweight algorithms through an open process similar to the selection of modes of operation of block ciphers. Algorithm recommendations will be associated with 'profiles' that target a class of devices and applications. NIST seeks to discuss issues related to potential future standardization process of lightweight primitives, including the proposed standardization process and profile construction.

NISTIR 8114: DRAFT Report on Lightweight Cryptography (August 11, 2016)
- Public comments received on Draft NISTIR 8114  (comment deadline: October 31, 2016)

NISTIR 8114:  Report on Lightweight Cryptography (FINAL:  March 2017)

Accepted Papers (posted Sept 23 2016)     Call for Presentations

Inquiries:  lightweight-crypto2016 [at] (subject: LWC%20Workshop%20Inquiry) (lightweight-crypto2016[at]nist[dot]gov)

Workshop Agenda (papers and presentations)

If you have booked a room at the Gaithersburg Hilton, upon check in, please schedule your trip(s) with the front desk to and from NIST so they can plan the shuttle schedule.  Registered conference attendees do not need to get off the hotel shuttle upon arrival at the NIST Visitor Center. Please have your Gate Dash Pass and a photo ID* ready to show the Security Officer when he/she boards the shuttle.

Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879 

NIST/Lightweight Cryptography Booking Link - Reserve by October 3!

Group rate:  $129.00
Call 1-301-977-8900
Group Code: ONL

Inquiries: lightweight-crypto2016 [at] (lightweight-crypto2016[at]nist[dot]gov)

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well. *New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension.Click here for a list of alternative identification and further details>>

Created June 30, 2016, Updated April 3, 2017