Cryptography Block

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Hosted panel discussion and Q&A.


Pierre-David Oriol ,

Pierre-David has more than 15 years of experience in cybersecurity, with a strong technical background in software engineering for security products, payment, smart cards and cryptographic key management systems.

He is also known as one of the key original NorthSec members, where he created the infamous Smart Card track for three consecutive years, including some very unique cryptographic challenges. He is also the founder of the conference part of the event and acted as a VP Conference until he assumed the presidency of NorthSec in 2018 and 2019.

In his professional life, after multiple years of working in security architecture, he joined a local security product startup in 2016 named Delve where he led the product management effort, and today continues to work at the intersection of product, vision and cybersecurity, at SecureWorks on the Taegis platform.

Yolan Romailler , Protocol Labs

Yolan is an applied cryptographer delving into (and dwelling on) cryptography, secure coding, blockchains technologies and other fun things such as self-sovereign identities or digital currencies. He has previously spoken at Black Hat USA, BSidesLV, Cryptovillage, NorthSec, GopherConEU and DEF CON on topics including automation in cryptography, public keys vulnerabilities, elliptic curves, post-quantum cryptography, functional encryption, open source security, and more! He notably presented at FDTC the first known practical fault attack against the EdDSA signature scheme.
Yolan tweets as @anomalroil.

Christian Paquin Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Research

Christian is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft Research’s Security and Cryptography team. For the last 20 years, Christian has been living at the edge of academic research and industry, with a focus on privacy-preserving identity technologies (notably, U-Prove). Christian joined the COVID response effort, and helped with the design of the SMART Health Card framework; he contributed to the specification, and co-implemented the developer tools to validate SHC implementations. Post-quantum cryptography and zero-knowledge proofs otherwise keep him busy. Based in DC, Christian is always happy to visit his native Montreal.