Nicky Mouha

I do research in cryptography, and I work as a Contractor at the Computer Security Division of NIST (U.S. Department of Commerce). My research in cryptography spans well over a decade, and I obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2012.

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. In 2019, I discovered CVE-2019-8741, a vulnerability that affected the firmware of over 1.4 billion Apple devices.

I serve in various program committees and editorial boards, including FSE/ToSC, CFAIL, and CT-RSA, and I’m part of the steering committee of CFAIL.