Quantum-Safe Finance: Preparing for the Storm

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Level39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

Secure Chorus will be hosting a Thought Leadership Platform (TLP), bringing together experts in post-quantum cryptography. The interactive session will consider approaches to the threat posed by the emergence of quantum computing. Quantum-related technologies have the potential to massively disrupt the financial services industry in: algorithmic trading, fraud detection, and encryption and transaction security. But quantum computers also promise to change the fundamental security models financial services rely upon.

When assessing the security of a cryptographic system, it is necessary to consider how long it will be deployed and the lifetime of the data that it will protect. It’s then necessary to determine whether the computational resources that may become available within the system’s lifetime will undermine the required level of security. For many systems, and particularly for financial services systems that protect long-lived data, this means looking ahead several decades. How can the financial services industry best prepare to transition to quantum-safe cryptography?

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please complete the booking form below to register to attend an event.


10:00 AM – 10:10 AM Welcome Remarks
Elisabetta Zaccaria, Chairman Secure Chorus
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM  “Tackling the quantum threat”
The National Cyber Security Centre
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM “Rooting Trust in a Quantum World”
Mike Brown, ISARA Corporation
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM “Post-Quantum Security – Threats and Opportunities”
Anderson Cheng, Post-Quantum
11:10 AM – 11.30 AM Practicality of Lattice-based Cryptography”
Dr. Ayesha Khalid, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)
11:30 AM – 12.10 PM Panel Session
12:10 PM – 12:20 PM  Closing Remarks
 Elisabetta Zaccaria, Chairman Secure Chorus
12:20 PM – 1:20 PM  Networking & Lunch


The National Cyber Security Centre

Mike Brown, ISARA Corporation

Mike is Co-founder & CTO of ISARA Corporation. He was previously the VP of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry, where he co-founded the product security practice and was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. Mike has spoken at global security events including RSA, CTIA, GTEC, Bloomberg, APECTEL and InfoSec Europe. He holds a Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.

Andersen Cheng, Post-Quantum

Andersen is Co-founder & CEO of Post-Quantum. He was previously COO of the Carlyle Group’s European venture fund and a founding member of LabMorgan, the e-finance unit of JP Morgan. Prior to that, he was JP Morgan’s European Head of Credit Risk Management and was involved in many system implementation and risk management projects connected to credit risk, swap transactions, EMU and Y2K. Andersen holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Management Science from Imperial College.

Dr. Ayesha Khalid, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

Ayesha is a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her key research interests include efficient hardware cryptographic constructions, both on FPGAs and ASICs. She has worked on a breadth of aspects of hardware security, including resource-efficient implementations for lightweight cryptography, high-level tool flow development for automatic generation of various secret key cryptographic modules and (more recently) on quantum-resistant cryptography. Other areas of interest include approximate computing, and she is looking into its possible applications in cryptographic constructions.

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