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Project Description (Initial Public Draft)

Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography

Date Published: June 2021
Comments Due: July 7, 2021 (public comment period is CLOSED)
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William Barker (Dakota Consulting), Murugiah Souppaya (NIST)


The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new draft project description, Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography. Publication of this project description begins a process to further identify project requirements, scope, and hardware and software components for use in a laboratory environment.

The NCCoE will solicit participation from industry to develop and demonstrate practices to ease migration from the current set of public-key cryptographic algorithms to replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks. These practices will take the form of white papers, playbooks, and demonstrable implementations for organizations. The audience for these practices is intended to include organizations that provide cryptographic standards and protocols and enterprises that develop, acquire, implement, and service cryptographic products. This effort complements the NIST post-quantum cryptography (PQC) standardization activities.

Besides providing public comments on the draft, you can join the Community of Interest by sending an email to



algorithm; cryptographic hardware; cryptographic module; cryptography; encryption; identity management; key establishment and management; post-quantum cryptography; public-key cryptography
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Document History:
06/04/21: Project Description (Draft)
08/04/21: Project Description (Final)


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