Nicky Mouha

Hi! I’m Nicky Mouha, a cryptographer from Belgium. Currently, I am based in the Washington DC area. I am a Researcher (NIST Associate) through the Strativia contracting company.

I have over 17 years of experience doing research in cryptography. In 2012, I obtained a Ph.D. degree. Besides my research, I am involved various standardization activities, mainly at NIST and ISO.

I’ve invented the MILP- and SAT-based techniques for differential and linear cryptanalysis, designed the lightweight Chaskey algorithm (standardized in ISO/IEC 29192-6), and discovered vulnerabilities in the cryptographic software of billions of devices: CVE-2019-8741 and CVE-2022-37454.

I support the cryptographic community by serving in various program committees and editorial boards, including IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC), IACR Communications in Cryptology (CiC), CFAIL 2024, and Inscrypt 2024. I’m also part of the steering committee of CFAIL.

Together with Christopher Celi and Adam Chlipala, I’m organizing the upcoming NIST Workshop on Formal Methods within Certification Programs (FMCP 2024) on July 23-25, 2024 in Rockville, Maryland. I’m also co-chairing the 27th Information Security Conference (ISC 2024), to be held on October 23-25 in Arlington, Virginia.

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