More corporations are working on the hard-problems created by the threat of quantum computers to current encryption methods to include PKI and key management and delivery. While NIST is developing post-quantum computer-resistant algorithms, the commercial sector is being mobilized to tackle the larger issue. DigiCert, Gemalto, and ISARA have teamed together to meet the challenges presented. Together they plan to develop quantum-resistant encryption algorithms and key management systems. Their goal is to be able to integrate the quantum-resistant systems into current encryption systems in use. “DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA will be delivering a solution that provides the same protections that classical encryption and key management systems provide today, with the additional assurance that the data will not be at risk when quantum computers become a threat to classical algorithms like RSA or ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography).”
What each brings:
Gemalto: Hardware security module (HSM) provider. Provides cybersecurity for cryptographic key management, processing, and storage. Securely provisions encryption, decryption, digital signatures, and authentication.
DigiCert: Digital certificate trusted root services.
ISARA: Quantum-resistant (quantum-safe) algorithms integrated into current security protocols and services.
The partnership aims to provide enterprise cybersecurity for long-life products. Each of the companies believes integrating the resistant and safe components now will preclude retrofitting when quantum computers come to fruition; estimated anywhere from 3 to 10 years, depending. The bottom line to the partnership is to “develop technologies that can enable digital certificates and secure key management for internet of things (IoT) and other devices in the post-quantum era.