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Primeur weekly 2019-10-07

Quantum computing

Argonne receives more than $1 million for quantum information science ...

Department of Energy announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Tenth Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2019 until 1 December 2019 ...

Fifth Call for Expression of Interest for Human Brain Project's final phase opened ...

The new supercomputer in Ostrava is called Barbora ...

Middleware

Solid Sands introduces license-free service to ease compiler qualification ...

Cortical.io collaborates with Xilinx to bring natural language understanding supercomputing to enterprise applications ...

Hardware

Rescale named #39 on Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled ...

Supermicro expands European manufacturing facilities to support increased server and storage volume in EMEA markets ...

Applications

New research center for artificial intelligence at Mainz University ...

Modelling the complexity of the world's water ...

RUDN University mathematicians help improve efficiency of data centres using Markov chains ...

Heart from the computer helps physicians ...

Supercomputing and neutrons unite to unravel structures of intrinsically disordered protein ...

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach ...

Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe's building blocks ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio ...

SDSC and UC San Diego awarded two NSF Convergence Accelerator Grants ...

Eurolab4HPC subsidizes Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects of a total of 55.000 euro ...

The Cloud

Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private Clouds ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape

30 Sep 2019 Roseland - Quantum computing is set to transform the IT industry. This new computing architecture takes advantage of quantum mechanics to deliver capabilities beyond what traditional binary computing can achieve. However, these capabilities come at a cost. Once quantum computers reach a certain state of maturity, they are destined to render the cryptographic underpinnings of today's digital systems insecure.

To help enterprises prepare for the implications of quantum computing, Sectigo, the world's largest commercial Certificate Authority (CA) and a provider of purpose-built and automated PKI management solutions, has created a broad set of 15 educational resources for security industry professionals in the form of a white paper, podcast episodes and transcriptions, and articles.

By its nature, quantum computing is highly effective at factorizing numbers, which means quantum computers will be many orders of magnitude faster at the calculations necessary to break the RSA and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption that underpins our digital systems today. This efficiency gain is so monumental that increasing the key sizes of these cryptographic schemes is not a viable solution. Rather, the world's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) systems will have to migrate to one or more new, quantum-resistant encryption algorithms before quantum computers break current encryption methods.

PKI is necessary for the secure operation of all the confidential and mission-critical digital processes in our global economy, including finance, commerce, communication, enterprise computing, transportation, defense, manufacturing, healthcare, government, and logistics. The impact of insecure PKI would be so vast that this potential outcome has come to be known as the Quantum Apocalypse.

Thought leaders from industry, academia, and government are combining efforts to discover and deploy quantum-resistant cryptographic solutions across our global digital systems. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has been leading an effort to identify one or more cryptographic approaches that can substitute for RSA and ECC. The community participating in NIST's process now has a list of more than 20 candidate algorithms that are undergoing scrutiny of their suitability for this task.

Successful quantum-resistant algorithms must be difficult to break using brute-force attacks by both traditional and quantum architectures while still meeting performance standards similar to today's algorithms. To be viable for widespread use, the algorithm must deliver on criteria such as:

  • Fast encryption using traditional computers
  • Fast decryption (with private keys) using traditional computers
  • Impractical to decrypt (without private keys) using quantum or traditional computing architectures
  • Able to generate encrypted data of a size that is reasonable for storage and transmission across networks and the internet
  • Compatible with a vast range of software, hardware, and services
  • Well-understood and checked against potential attacks

"While no one can definitively say when quantum computers will reach the point of defeating RSA and ECC, many estimates place that date in the next 10 or 15 years. Any organisation that does not migrate by then will be vulnerable", stated Tim Callan, Senior Fellow, Sectigo. "At Sectigo, we are working with our large base of enterprises, schools, and government agencies to help them achieve crypto agility by putting in place the systems and automation capabilities necessary to ensure rapid and comprehensive migration to these new standards once they arrive."

Source: Sectigo

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-10-07

Quantum computing

Argonne receives more than $1 million for quantum information science ...

Department of Energy announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Tenth Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2019 until 1 December 2019 ...

Fifth Call for Expression of Interest for Human Brain Project's final phase opened ...

The new supercomputer in Ostrava is called Barbora ...

Middleware

Solid Sands introduces license-free service to ease compiler qualification ...

Cortical.io collaborates with Xilinx to bring natural language understanding supercomputing to enterprise applications ...

Hardware

Rescale named #39 on Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled ...

Supermicro expands European manufacturing facilities to support increased server and storage volume in EMEA markets ...

Applications

New research center for artificial intelligence at Mainz University ...

Modelling the complexity of the world's water ...

RUDN University mathematicians help improve efficiency of data centres using Markov chains ...

Heart from the computer helps physicians ...

Supercomputing and neutrons unite to unravel structures of intrinsically disordered protein ...

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach ...

Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe's building blocks ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio ...

SDSC and UC San Diego awarded two NSF Convergence Accelerator Grants ...

Eurolab4HPC subsidizes Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects of a total of 55.000 euro ...

The Cloud

Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private Clouds ...