The Cryptographer's Track at the RSA Conference

San Francisco, May 17th-20th, 2021

Held in conjunction with the 2021 edition of RSA Conference USA

CT-RSA, or Cryptographers' Track RSA Conference, is the venue for scientific papers on cryptography within the RSA Conference. The RSA Conference is the main trade show for the security industry; over 40,000 people attend the exhibition floor, keynote addresses, events, seminars, training events and the various technical tracks. CT-RSA is the track devoted to scientific papers on cryptography. As such CT-RSA is a great venue to ensure that scientific results not only get published to the wider cryptologic community, but also get exposed to technical attendees from industry, government and wider afield.

Original papers on all technical aspects of cryptology are solicited for submission. Topics included but are not limited to:

Public-key algorithms

Hash functions

Applied cryptography

Cryptographic protocols

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain

Elliptic-curve cryptography

Post-quantum cryptography

Side-channel attacks and defenses

Symmetric-key algorithms

Random Number Generators


Cryptographic standards

Efficient implementations

Hardware security


White-box cryptography

Given the wider audience of the CT-RSA track within the RSA Conference itself, the committee will give preference to papers which are of a broad interest to security professionals. (For reference, see the DBLP list of CT-RSA publications of previous editions of the CT-RSA conference.)

In addition, for the same reasons, we welcome systematization of knowledge (SoK) papers, which should aim to evaluate, systematize, and contextualize existing knowledge. Such papers may not necessarily contain novel research contributions, but they should be of high value to the community. Examples of SoK papers could include survey papers that provide a new perspective on a research area, papers that support or challenge long-held beliefs with compelling evidence, or papers that provide an extensive and realistic evaluation of competing approaches to solving specific problems. SoK papers on cryptography which are of a broad interest to a security professional will be especially encouraged.

Finally, given the current uncertainty around COVID-19, we will support remote presentation for those authors of accepted papers who wish to make use of it.

UPDATE (17/11/2020): following a decision by the main RSA conference organisers, CT-RSA 2021 will take place virtually. Further details will be announced here in due course.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline:

Notification of Acceptance:

Final Manuscripts Due:

CT-RSA 2021 Conference:

Tue 01/12/2020 (anywhere on earth)

Wed 17/02/2021

Fri 10/03/2021

Mon 17/05/2021 - Thu 20/05/2021

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