NIST’s Post Quantum Cryptographic Quest

New to quantum computing? Familiar but haven’t taken a step back and refreshed some of the basic goings-on? This work from Thomas Pöppelmann provides a refresher of the NIST post-quantum standardization effort. Worth the read from the source, below. Because Quantum is Coming.  Qubit

How NIST Is Securing The Quantum Era

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+  In the last decade, quantum computing has moved from primarily theoretical to its first practical applications, with low-compute density systems now offered by multiple organizations. As these systems increase in capability, it’s only a matter of time before the most commonly used cryptographic algorithms employed to secure digital systems become vulnerable to attack.  In response, industry, academic and standards setting institutions are developing the concepts for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC).

Quantum computers powerful enough to break the strongest classical encryption are at least a decade away, but the time to develop quantum safe encryption is now. In this opinion piece, Thomas Pöppelmann, a Senior Staff Engineer, Security Architecture and Cryptography Research at Infineon Technologies talks about the steps NIST and companies like Infineon are taking to make that happen.

+  Beginning in 2016, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) began a multi-year process to create a framework and standards for PQC.

+  This article summarizes the NIST process to date and provides an overview of Infineon’s efforts related to the development of effective chip-based implementation of PQC techniques.

Source:  the security ledger.  Thomas Pöppelmann,  How NIST Is Securing The Quantum Era…

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