Eracom Cryptographic Workshop Success 25 Years in the Making

Gold Coast, Australia – July 20, 2004 – Eracom Technologies, a leading developer and global supplier of cryptographic technologies and solutions celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style recently with a two-day workshop and commemorative cocktail party on Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast. The two-day workshop, held in association with the Information Security Research Centre (ISRC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), drew an A-list crowd of international academic delegates.

The list of guest keynote speakers included Professor Bill Caelli, the original founder of Eracom Technologies (formerly Electronic Research Australia — ERA) and presently the Head of School of Software Engineering and Data Communications at the ISRC at QUT in Brisbane. Also in attendance was Professor Scott Vanstone, founder of Certicom and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, Professor Peter Landrock, founder of Cryptomathic and professor at Aarhus University, Denmark and Dr. Hugh Williams of the University of Calgary. Each keynote speaker also participated in a panel session to an audience of academic and industry peers, students and special guests discussing current views on crypto technology and policy on day two of the event.

The keynote presentations included Professor Bill Caelli speaking on “The Challenge of Crypto-Integration’, Professor Peter Landrock presenting on “The Use of Tamper Resistant Hardware in Cryptographic Protocols’, Professor Scott Vanstone’s presentation on “Elliptic Curve Cryptography – Past, Present and Future Perspectives’ and Professor Hugh Williams’ presentation, “Cryptography, Sieving and Primality Proving’. Special guest Professor Ed Dawson, Director of the IRSC and Professor of the School of Software Engineering & Data Communications at QUT presented as part of multiple sessions on both days.

Other topics of discussion at the workshop included hash functions and ciphers, cryptographic protocols, cryptanalysis, implementation issues and applications. In response to the large volume of requests for academic papers and presentations from this key event, all materials are available for download on the Eracom Technologies website at

Since being founded in 1979 as ERA Computer Corporation and later being shortened to ERACOM and more recently Eracom Technologies, the company has expanded continuously through the development of numerous world-class hardware security modules, a range of advanced cryptographic APIs and the development of privacy of information software. Many of Eracom’s past products dating back to the original and retro ERA 10 were on display at the cocktail celebration and workshop to mark the 25th anniversary of Eracom Technologies.

About Eracom Technologies

Celebrating 25 years (1979-2004) of excellence in cryptography, Eracom Technologies is a leading developer and global supplier of cryptographic hardware and software products. As a true pioneer in the IT security industry, Eracom offers proven cryptographic security solutions to a wide range of industries including banking, finance, government and technology sectors. In the last two decades alone, Eracom has successfully developed and deployed several generations of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) to the market as well as a range of advanced cryptographic APIs and privacy of information products.

Eracom provides 24×7 worldwide customer support with guaranteed response times as well as access to free updates and documentation via the Eracom Website. Eracom is represented by a worldwide network of wholly owned subsidiaries and distribution channels with offices in 11 countries. Eracom is proud to have served and supported the ever increasing and most stringent IT security needs with its Electronic Transaction Security and Privacy of Information portfolios. Together with its worldwide partners, Eracom is here to protect the future.

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