Research

Research Background

From the earliest days of our founding, research has played an integral and critical role in ISG's strategy. We truly believe a company can only keep innovating if it dedicates time and resources to both explore new ideas and try to solve problems no one has solved before. The ultimate goal of our research team is to turn ideas into innovations and help shape the future of cryptography in both the cybersecurity industry and in the world in general. Our research efforts are tightly coupled with our product development efforts, and because of that our research results often find their way into our products quickly. We maintain strong ties to both the academic and industrial research sectors and collaborate with both academic research groups and researchers from other companies on a regular basis.

Research Areas

Agile Cryptography
Secure and Efficient Implementation of Cryptogaphy
Post-Quantum Cryptography
Secure Systems
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Our Research Team

Our team consists of a group of passionate and experienced researchers, dedicated and perfectionist engineers, and world-class cryptographers. Please take the time to take a look around: on this page you will find more details about the work we do, our published papers and patents, presentations made by our team members, and much more.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you're interested in learning more about our team and the way we work, and if you’re interested in joining our research team, please take a look at our careers section for currently open positions. If cryptography is your passion, we’d enjoy talking with you.

Dr. Tomislav Nad

Chief Security Architect

Tomislav is our Chief Security Architect & Cryptographer and the head of our highly-skilled cryptographic research team. His research is focused on cryptographic agility, the design of secure systems, and embedding cryptographic primitives. Tomislav holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics with a focus on IT-Security. During his Master’s thesis he discovered his passion for cryptography and he continued with a PhD in Cryptography under the supervision of Professor Dr. Vincent Rijmen at the University of Technology Graz. After spending 6 years in academia where he published several papers at world-renown conferences and in respected journals, as well as managing research projects and advising students, he switched to the corporate world to share his analysis and design skills to today’s security problems.

Dr. Basil Hess

Chief Cryptographic Engineer

Basil is our Chief Cryptographic Engineer and the main person responsible for all implementations of cryptographic primitives. His research is focused on performance, optimizations and security. He obtained his MSc in Computer Science with a focus on Information Security from ETH Zurich in 2010, where he worked on elliptic curve cryptographic implementations and secure multi-party computation. He obtained his PhD in Information Systems at ETH Zurich in 2014. As part of his PhD research, he was in corporate research at SAP SE, working on some of the company’s pioneering projects in Mobile, Internet of Things, UX, and embedded security. Basil’s main areas of focus at InfoSec Global is the cryptographic core of our Agilesec Platform comprising of both classical and post-quantum cryptographic implementations, optimizations, side-channel, and fault-attack countermeasures.

Dr. Vladimir Soukharev

Chief Post-Quantum Researcher

Vladimir is our Chief Post-Quantum Researcher & Cryptographer. His research is focused on post-quantum cryptography, including analyses and optimizations for existing schemes, creating new schemes, and building ways for today’s technologies to transition smoothly to a quantum-safe state. Vladimir obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo’s David. R. Cheriton School of Computer Science specializing in Cryptography, Security and Privacy under the supervision of David Jao. He was part of the Centre of Applied Cryptographic Research, CryptoWorks21, and has contributed and published work at world-renown conferences and journals. Since completing his formal studies, he has dedicated his career to advancing the knowledge and application of advanced cryptography and cyber security technologies to protect vital information and communications.

Publications

Articles

Haraka v2 - Efficient Short-Input Hashing for Post-Quantum Applications.

Stefan Kölbl, Martin M. Lauridsen, Florian Mendel, Christian Rechberger.
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A PostQuantum Digital Signature Scheme Based on Supersingular Isogenies

Youngho Yoo, Reza Azarderakhsh, Amir Jalali, David Jao, Vladimir Soukharev.
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Cryptography Standards

SPHINCS+

Daniel J. Bernstein, Christoph Dobraunig, Maria Eichlseder, Scott Fluhrer, Stefan-Lukas Gazdag, Andreas Hülsing, Panos Kampanakis, Stefan Kölbl, Tanja Lange, Martin M. Lauridsen, Florian Mendel, Ruben Niederhagen, Christian Rechberger, Joost Rijneveld, Peter Schwabe.
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Supersingular Isogeny Key Encapsulation (SIKE)

David Jao, Reza Azarderakhsh, Matthew Campagna, Craig Costello, Luca De Feo, Basil Hess, Amir Jalali, Brian Koziel, Brian LaMacchia, Patrick Longa, Michael Naehrig, Joost Renes, Vladimir Soukharev, David Urbanik.
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Others

As Quantum Computer’s Risks Threaten to Undermine Its Benefits, Infosec Global Answers NIST Call with Two Crypto Solutions

Vladimir Soukharev
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Post-Quantum Cryptographic Solution based on Elliptic Curves – Supersingular Isogeny Key Encapsulation (SIKE).

Vladimir Soukharev
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Crypto Agility is a Must-Have for Data Encryption Standards.

Nagy Moustafa and Vladimir Soukharev.
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Conferences

Berne Union Annual General Meeting 2018:

Cyber Security and Data Protection

Crypto Valley Blockchain Event 2018

Blockchain: Security and Vulnerabilities

PrimeKey PKI Tech Days 2018

Cryptography Life Cycle Management

Above & Beyond PKI 2018

Agile Cryptography

International Cryptographic Module Conference 2017

Efficient Application of Countermeasures for Elliptic Curve Cryptography

International Cryptographic Module Conference 2018

Isogeny-based Quantum-Resistant Group Key Agreement

International Cryptographic Module Conference 2018

The Post-Quantum Crypto World and the Need for Crypto Agility

Primekey Tech Days 2017

Agile Cryptography

International Cryptographic Module Conference 2017

How to be Ready for Tomorrow’s Quantum Attacks

Primekey tech days 2016

How to be ready for tomorrow’s quantum attacks.