Nicky Mouha

I am a Contractor at the Computer Security Division of NIST (U.S. Department of Commerce).

My research is in cryptography. Besides my research, I am involved various standardization activities at NIST, ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27, and ASC X9F. I am also a co-author of the Triple DES (3DES) standard, which is one of only two block ciphers that are approved for use by the U.S. government.

I am perhaps best known as the designer of the Chaskey algorithm that is standardized in ISO/IEC 29192-6. Furthermore, I am the inventor of the MILP and SAT-based techniques that have now become the standard tools to analyze the security of cryptographic algorithms against attacks such as differential and linear cryptanalysis. Recently, I discovered CVE-2019-8741, a vulnerability that affects the firmware of over 1.4 billion Apple devices.

Do you have any insightful but unsuccessful research in cryptography? I’m happy to chair CFAIL 2020 (affiliated with CRYPTO 2020), and hope that you will consider attending!