Registration is now open for the Random Bit Generation Workshop, to be held on May 2-3, 2016 at NIST, Gaithersburg, Md.
NIST is in the process of completing the development of approved methods for random bit generation. This workshop will discuss SP 800-90B and SP 800-90C, as well as their validation by NIST's validation programs.
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Random Bit Generation Workshop 2016
Cryptography and security applications make extensive use of random numbers and random bits, particularly for the generation of cryptographic keying material. A key to initiate a cryptographic algorithm needs to be unpredictable and statistically unique, that is, to have at most a negligible chance of repeating the value of a previously selected key. Selecting a key at random ensures that there is no known structure to the key selection process that an adversary might be able to use to determine the key, other than by an exhaustive search.
NIST is in the process of completing the development of approved methods for random bit generation.
SP 800-90A has recently been revised. It specifies approved Deterministic Random Bit Generator (DRBG) mechanisms (i.e., algorithms) for generating random bits, given sufficient entropy in their seeding process.
SP 800-90B addresses the entropy sources needed to seed the DRBG mechanisms and includes both health tests and validation tests. A new draft of SP 800-90B is available for public comment. The public comment period for this document ends on May 9, 2016. The specific areas where comments are solicited on SP 800-90B are:
SP 800-90C specifies constructions for creating random bit generators from entropy sources and DRBG mechanisms. A new draft of this document will be available for review and comment prior to the workshop.
This workshop will discuss SP 800-90B and SP 800-90C, as well as their validation by NIST's validation programs.
Reference Documentation: Copies of NIST SP 800-90B and NIST SP 800-90C will not be available at the workshop. If you'd like to reference either document while at the workshop, please print a copy to bring along.
NIST is soliciting papers, presentations, and participation from any interested parties. Topics include, but are not limited to:
Submissions must be provided electronically in PDF format. Please submit the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2016:
Submission deadline: March 31, 2016
Notification: April 12, 2016
Presentations submitted by: April 27, 2016
If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.
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