Symmetric Key Agreement Workshop (SKAW) 2024

Santa Barbara, August 18, 2024

An affialiated workshop of Crypto 2024

Workshop Description

In the past few decades, asymmetric cryptography has been the rising star of key agreement protocols. In this workshop, we aim to shine light on the secure alternative of Symmetric Key Agreement (SKA).

There is growing evidence for real-world use cases of SKA by various IETF standards, NIST guidelines, and NSA requirements, including the use of Symmetric Pre-Shared Keys for enhanced quantum-resistant protection. The goal of the SKA Workshop is to examine how symmetric keys can reduce reliance on asymmetric cryptography by providing alternative and/or additional layers of security. We aim to gather academic and industrial experts to discuss the solutions that SKA can offer.

SKAW is designed to promote research and application use case of symmetric-key cryptography and protocols. There is a particular focus on applications to industry.

Broadly, the scope of the workshop includes, but is not limited to:

Call for Proposals

We are seeking speakers giving talks on themes related to the scope of the Symmetric Key Agreement Workshop. We are seeking a mix of academia, public sector and private sector speakers and audience. Talks will be 25 minutes long.

Please submit talk proposals by midnight AOE June 2 June 9, 2024 to Notifications of acceptance will be sent on or before June 17.

Proposals should include:

Note that accepted talks will not appear in the Crypto2024 Proceedings. Thus we are happy to accept talks that are submitted elsewhere, including talks on already published topics.

Keynote Speakers

Ian Blumenfeld (Two Six Technologies)

Adrian Stanger, (NSA)

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 2nd June 9th June 2024

Notification to authors: 17th June 2024

Workshop date: 18th August 2024


The workshop is an affiliated event of Crypto 2024. To register to the workshop, please register to CRYPTO 2024, and mark in the registration form the SKAW event.

There is limited funding available to provide free admission to SKAW for university students. Please email if you are eligible.

Steering Committee

Program Committee