Exploring Post-Quantum Cryptography

Press/Media: Research

Period29 Dec 2016

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  • TitleExploring Post-Quantum Cryptography
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCommunications of the ACM
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited States
    DescriptionCryptographers are professionally paranoid, so they want their encryption systems to be resistant to attacks by exotic machines that do not exist yet: quantum computers.

    By the most optimistic estimate, quantum physicists might be able to build a functional prototype in 10 years. If that happens, the security of the Internet will be destroyed, because each secure connection needs to start with either the Diffie-Hellman protocol or another public-key encryption system, RSA, both of which can be broken by a quantum computer. If that initial part is broken, security goes down the drain.
    Producer/AuthorArnout Jaspers
    PersonsTanja Lange