05 Jul 2022 2 min read

Four Encryption Tools Chosen to Protect Against Quantum Computer Attacks

Duncan Riley | SiliconANGLE | 5 July 2022

QuSecure wants to highlight a recent article from SiliconANGLE covering NIST’s announcement of its post-quantum algorithm selections.

Key points of the article include:

  • NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, today chose four encryption algorithms to protect against potential quantum computer attacks. NIST began the process of establishing post-quantum encryption standards in 2016, and this decision came over two years ahead of its expected date in 2024.
    Of the four algorithms, one, CRYSTAL-Kiber, offers general encryption, while the other three encrypt digital signatures and offer identity protection. These algorithms will become the post-quantum cryptographic standard.
  • Quantum computers cannot currently crack encryption methods such as RSA 2048, which protects most online data. However, with ongoing and accelerating progress, this sort of decryption will soon be possible.
    QuProtect, QuSecure’s post-quantum cryptography solution, is crypto-agile, meaning it can support all four of NIST’s chosen algorithms, or any new algorithms that may be introduced in the future.
    NIST’s announcement comes after President Biden signed a memorandum in May which said the administration was committed to a timely and equitable transition of cryptographic systems to quantum-resistant cryptography.
  • NIST’s director, Laurie E. Locascio, commented in a statement: “Quantum computers powerful enough to break present-day encryption will pose a serious threat to our information systems. Our post-quantum cryptography program has leveraged the top minds in cryptography – worldwide – to produce this group of quantum-resistant algorithms that will lead to a standard and significantly increase the security of our digital information.
  • Read the full article on Silicon ANGLE

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