One of the three flagship international cryptology conferences is taking place in Tallinn this week.
There will be 30 presentations of research at Eurocrypt 2011 - of which one paper is by an Estonian author - in addition to two guest presentations. Topics covered throughout the conference, which runs until May 19, include secure authentication and encryption, digital signatures, cryptographic and side channel attacks and secure computing and cryptographic protocols in general.
"Estonia's innovative e-services such as online elections and online government services and many other applications such as online banking and medical databases must be protected from cyberattacks. Cryptography is the modern science behind data security," said the head organizer of the conference Helger Lipmaa, a senior researcher with Cybernetica AS and professor at the Tallinn University of Technology.
Cryptography as a science is considered important for national security, Lipmaa pointed out. A number of countries have their own study groups and each year there are tens of conferences, but Eurocrupt and Crypto (US) are considered the most important and have the most participants from the government and private sector.
Estonia is considered to be well off when it comes to the science of codes. "We have world-class researchers and private companies engaged in R&D," said Lipmaa. "Considering that Estonia is home to the largest research group in the field in the former Eastern European region, it is completely logical that organizing such a top conference has been entrusted to us."