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Getting Ready for Post-Quantum Cryptography: Explore Challenges Associated with Adoption and Use of Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithms

Date Published: May 26, 2020
Comments Due: June 30, 2020 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: applied-crypto-pqc@nist.gov


William Barker (Dakota Consulting), W. Polk (NIST), Murugiah Souppaya (NIST)


NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is initiating the development of practices to ease the migration from the current set of public-key cryptographic algorithms to replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks. This paper introduces adoption challenges associated with post-quantum cryptography after the standardization process is completed. Planning requirements for migration to post-quantum cryptography are discussed. The paper concludes with NIST’s next steps for helping with the migration to post-quantum cryptography.



cryptography; crypto agility; crypto transition; digital signatures; post-quantum cryptography; public-key encryption; key establishment mechanism (KEM); quantum resistant; quantum safe
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