Post-Quantum chosen for NIST’s quantum migration project

‘Harvest Now Decrypt Later’ (HNDL) attacks currently represent the world’s greatest existential cybersecurity threats. These attacks see hostile actors steal encrypted data now, which can be decrypted once a cryptographically relevant quantum computer (CRQC) emerges.

This makes it critical to begin the process of replacing hardware, software, and services that use public-key algorithms now, so that the information is protected from both HNDL and, eventually, future quantum attacks.

It is for this reason that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) established a consortium of organizations as part of its National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) “Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC)” project. On July 2, Post-Quantum, the oldest specialist PQC firm in the world, has been selected to be a part of the project, supporting it in developing tangible PQC implementations and use cases.

The NCCoE project brings together experts from industry, government, and academia to address the real-world needs of securing complex IT systems and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure. Participants include Palo Alto Networks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco, Microsoft and VMWare as well as other vendors who are sharing their expertise in planning for and implementing post-quantum cryptographic algorithms.

Andersen Cheng, executive chairman, Post-Quantum, commented, “Our priority over the last few years has been on accelerating real-world implementations. For example, last year a new standard that we authored for a hybrid quantum-safe Virtual Private Networks (VPN) was ratified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). This new standard is now the glue that allows parties using different post-quantum key establishment algorithms to talk with one another, which is particularly important as we enter a situation where different nation states deploy a variety of different algorithms. We are looking forward to sharing implementation knowledge of our protocol and unique know-how in securing mobile end points with partners such as Palo Alto, Microsoft, and AWS, to accomplish an end-to-end secure quantum migration.”

Post-Quantum is the first company to be founded with the sole focus on PQC. Working in high-grade cybersecurity and encryption innovation, the company works for various secure areas of banks, defense organizations, and governments. As a first mover in the industry, Post-Quantum is one of the very few organizations which has progressed past the R&D stage and can provide operational quantum-safe solutions today. It has designed and built a range of quantum-safe products like VPNs and Identity Systems, which have been deployed by organizations like NATO.

Source: Post-Quantum

Your competitors read IC News each day. Shouldn’t you? Learn more about our subscription options, and keep up with every move in the IC contracting space.