The contributors

Secure-IC is the RISQ project lead. Secure-IC develops hardware and software security solutions of high resilience. It also develops platforms to evaluate the reliability of secured implementations. Linked to the Mines-Télécom Institute, Secure-IC has an advanced expertise on hardware and software protection techniques on embedded systems whether they are government properties, payment systems, transaction treatment or mobile communication.


PolSys is a joint team between INRIA Paris, CNRS and UPMC. The team internationally recognized as one of the leading group in the security analysis  of quantum-safe cryptosystems with algebraic techniques. Since few years, PolSys is also involved in the standardization and industrial transfer of quantum-safe cryptography. PolSys is leading the task of designing and analyzing quantum-safe algorithms and member of RISQ strategic board.

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THALES is an electronics company specialized in aerospace, defense and information technologies. THALES Communications & Security (TCS) is part of the Defense and Security division and has to respond to the many challenges faced by society. TCS’ Chiffre laboratory is continuously maintaining to the state-of-the-art in cryptography through thesis and research studies in order for TCS to market state-of-the-art defense products (radios, cipherers, satellites, …). In the RISQ project, TCS is responsible for the task related to post-quantum specification for Defense market and is also involved in the task of submitting new primitives to the NIST contest.

CEA is a French government-funded technological research organization. Drawing on its excellence in fundamental research, CEA activities cover three main areas: Energy, Information and Health Technologies, and Defense and Security.  Within CEA, CEA LIST works in improving industrial competitiveness through technology transfer for digital systems. In the RISQ project, CEA will be involved in the task related to the analysis of the NIST contest’s candidates. CEA will focus on optimized implementations and will participate to the developpment of elementary building blocks for demonstrator as well.


AriC is a joint team between INRIA Rhône Alpes, CNRS, ENS de Lyon and Université Claude Bernard (Lyon I). It is interested in computer arithmetic in a broad sense (floating point arithmetic, computer algebra, linear algebra and cryptography). The study of Euclidean lattices is one of its most important activities. AriC is interested in their algorithmic aspects as well as their applications in cryptographic protocols. In the RISQ project, AriC will be involved in workpackage 2 (“Selection of post-quantum systems”). They will contribute to the submission of candidates to the NIST competition. AriC will also be responsible for the task consisting of the development of advanced functionalities.

The CRYPTO team (Cryptology and Information Security) is a joint team between University of Versailles-St-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) and CNRS. It was created in 2001, and has continued to grow since that date. It currently consists of 6 researchers, 1 associate researcher, 1 post-doctoral student, 8 doctoral students and 1 research engineer.

The research activities of the team cover the central themes of academic research in cryptology: symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, cryptanalysis, security of implementation, algorithmic number theory, multivariate cryptography, hash functions, lattice reduction, elliptic curves,. ..

In the RISQ project, the CRYPTO team will coordinate submissions of post-quantum algorithms to the NIST call. It will also contribute to the implementation of these algorithms and their integration into an SSL/TLS software suite.


CryptoExperts is a company founded by internationally recognized industrial and academic researchers in IT security and cryptography. Launched in 2009, the company intends to fill the huge gap that exists between the scientific state of the art and the technology level found in current security products. Through both consulting services and business-driven innovation, it aims to help the security industry benefit from the latest available advances in cryptography to improve their products and services.

In the RISQ projet, CryptoExperts will mostly be responsible for the standardization sub-project.


CS in brief : Our expertise in applications and mission-critical systems makes us a preferred partner in a number of major economic sectors, in particular defense and security, space, aeronautics and energy. In the area of digital trust, CS offers security and trust solutions providing strong authentication, electronic signatures, encryption and storage with probative value via its TRUSTY range (EAL3+ Common Criteria certification).

The TRUSTYBOX platform makes it possible to manage, from a single entry point, all or part of this range of solutions, be it in a local or remote environment. When integrated into HSMs (Hardware Security Modules), this solution meets the most stringent security requirements. In the RISQ project, CS is responsible for the “Specifications adapted to market segments“ task, is involved in the “Technology implementation” task and produces the post-quantum cryptography demonstrator..


Embedded Security and Cryptography (EMSEC) is a research team within the IRISA computer science institute located in Rennes, France. It is a joint team between University of Rennes, CNRS and INSA Rennes. EMSEC performs research on the security of embedded devices, with a special focus on security primitives, schemes, and cryptographic protocols. Lattice-based cryptography is a recent activity of the team but well developed with 2 researchers, 2 post-docs and 5 PHD students working on this area. In the RISQ projet, the EMSEC team will be involved in work-package 2 « Selection of post-quantums systems », in particular in the task « cryptanalysis », and also in work-package « Technology implementation ».

Considering the paramount importance of this project, several major industrials wish to take part at their own expense.

Some major stakeholders such as the Airbus Group, the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CryptoExperts, C&S Communication & Systèmes, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Gemalto, Inria Paris, Inria Rhônes Alpes , IRISA Laboratory, LIP – ENS de Lyon, Orange, Paris Center for Quantum Computing, Secure-IC, Thales Communications & Security, Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University play a significant role in this project.