North Carolina State University Pulls Quantum into Cryptographic Studies

Teaching the next generation of cryptographic hardware experts

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+  “The big challenge on the horizon is quantum computing,” Aysu said. “The concern is that when quantum computing systems become a publicly-available reality – which many people think will be soon – then those quantum computers will be able to crack the cryptographic systems in widespread use today.”

Aydin Aysu, a researcher at North Carolina State University, is offering a course to prepare students to make use of next-generation cybersecurity tools such as cryptography hardware.

+  “At the same time, academic and private sector researchers are constantly working to develop new tools to secure hardware from these attacks,” Aysu said. “Many universities are doing a good job of teaching students about the established security tools and theory, but I’m not aware of any other classes that focus explicitly on giving students experience using the up-and-coming security algorithms and techniques that will prepare them to tackle emerging threats – and will be relevant five or ten years from now.”

+  To address security challenges associated with quantum computing, many researchers in the public and private sectors are working to develop post-quantum cryptosystems. But even after they are developed, it will take time to standardize and deploy such systems. “This is where our course comes in,” Aysu said. “We want to be sure that students are not only familiar with emerging tools, but are comfortable implementing them efficiently and securely. They are going to have to do it, so we need to start teaching them now.”

Source:  Control Engineering.  Matt Shipman,  Teaching the next generation of cryptographic hardware experts…

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