PQCRYPTO releases initial recommendations for post-quantum
September 07, 2015
A consortium of cryptographers has just released initial recommendations
for cryptographic algorithms to protect the Internet against future
Attackers armed with quantum computers will be able to decrypt
credit-card numbers and passwords encrypted with RSA and elliptic-curve
cryptography. PQCRYPTO is a consortium of universities and companies
funded by the European Union to respond to this threat.
The new report provides initial recommendations for post-quantum
encryption, authentication, and signatures. "These recommendations are
chosen for confidence in their long-term security", the report says.
"We started with conservative choices to make sure that the early
adopters get secure systems", says Prof. Dr. Tanja Lange from Technische
Universiteit Eindhoven, the PQCRYPTO coordinator. "This security comes
at the price of large keys, but the PQCRYPTO project is investigating
more efficient systems."
The report is authored by 17 researchers from Belgium, Denmark,
France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. It is available