In some of our previous posts, we have already touched upon why the development of quantum computers poses challenges to the field of information security and how the standardisation bodies, most notably NIST, prepare for the post-quantum era of computing. This process reached its next milestone yesterday when NIST has announced which key-establishment mechanism and digital signature schemes will be standardized soon.Continue reading Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization: A New Milestone
In a previous post, we discussed how the possibility of quantum attacks will affect the security of currently used cryptographic methods. As we saw, the post quantum security level of symmetric key methods including block ciphers and hash functions can reach the classical security level after doubling the key length. At the same time, we need alternative solutions instead of the ubiquitously used public key cryptosystems that are known to be breakable with scalable quantum computers. In this post, we comment on the crypto aspect of a recent breakthrough in quantum computing and briefly introduce the most important standardization effort of the post-quantum transition.