Technical skills training

Participants in the CryptoWorks21 program are expected to fulfill the following requirements for technical skills:

  • Demonstrate novice understanding in each technical skill area
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding in at least one technical skill area

Most novice technical skill areas can be fulfilled either by taking a CryptoWorks21 module, completing a standard course, or attending an appropriate winter/summer school as indicated below.




Novice level


Information and network security

Learning outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of how cryptography tools are used to achieve information security.

Delivery mechanism: CryptoWorks21 module on "Fundamentals of network security", or completion of either CS 658 or ECE 628.

2021 offering: July 12-16, 2021 (online)


Fundamentals of cryptography

Learning outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of core cryptography tools.

Delivery mechanism: CryptoWorks21 module on "Fundamentals of cryptography", or completion of either CO 685 or CO 687, or part of QKD summer school, or the SAC Summer School.

Next offering: TBA


Post-quantum cryptography

Learning outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of which classical cryptography tools are believed to be quantum-resistant.

Delivery mechanism: CryptoWorks21 module on "Post-quantum cryptography".

Next offering: TBA


Quantum cryptography tools

Learning outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of new cryptographic primitives that can be achieved with quantum information and their advantages.

Delivery mechanism: CryptoWorks21 modules on "Quantum cryptography tools" part 1 and 2, or completion of either QIC 890 topic 2 (fulfills part 1 only) or QKD summer school (fulfills part 1 only)

Next offering: TBA


Quantum communication devices

Learning outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of the technological requirements and state-of-the-art implementation and deployment of quantum cryptography systems and the required components.

Delivery mechanism: CryptoWorks21 modules on "Quantum communication devices", or completion of either QIC 890 topic 2, QIC 890 topic 3, or QKD summer school.

2021 offering: June 22-23, 2021 (online)


Advanced level


Advanced research

Learning outcome: Advanced understanding of research in any of the five technical skill areas.

Delivery mechanism: Completion of a research thesis. (Postdocs will have already completed this.)


Tutorial


Quantum computing for cryptography students

Learning outcome: Demonstrate a basic understanding of quantum computing and its application to cryptography.

Delivery mechanism: Workshop on "Quantum computing for cryptography students".

Next offering: TBA

Note that this topic does not count towards completion of the CryptoWorks21 program, and is made available for your interest.