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.

2019 workshop offering: August 6-7, 2019, 10:30 am-12 pm & 1-2:30 pm, QNC 1201


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.

2019 workshop offering: August 19, 2019, 9 am-12 pm, QNC 0101 (Day 1 morning of QKD Summer School)


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".

2019 workshop offering: July 30-31 & August 1-2, 2019, 3-4:30 pm, QNC 1201


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 or QKD summer school.

2019 workshop offering: "Quantum cryptography tools"

Part 1 "beyond QKD": August 7-8, 2019, 3-4:30 pm, QNC 1201

Part 2 "QKD": not offered this year; see QKD summer school August 19-23, 2019.


Quantum communication devices

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

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

2019 workshop offering: QKD summer school August 19-23, 2019.





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 cryptograpy students".

2019 workshop offering: July 31st 10:30 am-12 pm & 1-2:30 pm, QNC 1201

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