Second Advanced Encryption Standard Candidate Conference
Morris J. Dworkin
On March 22-23, 1999, nearly two hundred members of the global cryptographic research community gathered in Rome, Italy, for the Second Advanced Encryption Standard Candidate Conference (AES2). AES2 was the second of three conferences sponsored by NIST in its effort to develop a new encryption standard for the U.S. government. There are fifteen candidate algorithms in Round 1 of the analysis period, out of which NIST will select about five finalists in the summer of 1999 for further evaluation in Round 2; the main purpose of the conference was to advise NIST in its decision. This report summarizes the conference presentations and accompanying discussions.