US Claims to Have Security Algorithms to Protect Against Quantum Computing

The US Government is working on preemptively protecting computers from the emergence of potentially encryption-busting quantum computing. They allegedly have 69 possible ‘candidates’ to protect current computers from the power of quantum computing.

US Government Has 69 Proposed Candidates for Quantum Computer-Resistant Security Algorithms

NIST maintains present-day cryptographic standards, and is working to replace them with standards resistant to a quantum attack. After a call for proposals, they received 69 algorithms that could potentially be resistant to such an attack. Now, they must evaluate each one against both classical and quantum attacks to ensure that the problems are still difficult to solve, with the hopes of drafting updated standards by 2022 to 2023.

There are still many questions, though. Implementing these new methods could be difficult, expensive, or time and data consuming, explained Roberta Faux, representing the private company Envieta Systems. And companies will still need to take the time and effort to make the transition.

Then there’s the human element, said Jeremy Blackthorne of Boston Cybernetics Institute at the AAAS conference. Blackthorne essentially hacks computers for the good guys to test security, as he explains it. Lots of present-day attacks don’t require breaking codes at all, he pointed out—you can just ask people for a password, and they will give it to you. He alluded to all of the recent data breaches as evidence (like Equifax, Yahoo, etc). “If I had a quantum computer… I’d use it where I could, but it wouldn’t necessarily change everything for some targets.”


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