ECRYPT II stands for "European Network of Excellence for Cryptology II". This project is funded by the European Commission.
ECRYPT II (www.ecrypt.eu.org) started in 2008 and focuses on cryptology, which is the science that studies mathematical techniques in order to provide secrecy, authenticity and related properties for digital information. Its objective is to increase the collaboration of European researchers in information security. In order to reach this goal, 11 partners work together within three virtual labs focusing on symmetric key algorithms (SymLab), public key algorithms and protocols (MAYA), and hardware and software implementations (VAMPIRE). They will be joined by more than 20 associate members to the network who will closely collaborate with the core partners.
ECRYPT II plans to organize joint workshops, exchange of researchers and students, development of common tools and benchmarks and a website and forum which will be a focal point for the network and the wider cryptographic community. Spreading activities will include a training program, a substantial contribution towards standardization, bodies and an active publication policy. The project team has the critical mass and breadth to address the key questions in these areas.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Preneel