Due to their computing power, quantum computers have the disruptive potential to break various currently used encryption algorithms. Quantum computer attacks on today's cryptography are expected to become reality within the next 15 to 20 years. Once available, quantum computers could solve certain calculations much faster than today's computers, threatening even best currently known security algorithms such as RSA and ECC. Various internet standards like transport layer security (TLS), S/MIME or PGP/GPG use cryptography based on RSA or ECC to protect data communication with smart cards, computers, and servers or embedded IoT systems. Online banking on "https" sites or "instant messaging" encryption on mobile phones are well-known applications using these standards.
The solution is post-quantum cryptography (PQC) for security technologies. In a world of quantum computers, PQC should provide a level of security that is comparable with what RSA and ECC provide today in the classical computing world. However, to withstand quantum calculation power, key lengths need to be longer than the usual 2048 bits of RSA or the 256 bits of ECC. Nevertheless, it is imperative that commercially available security chips with PQC come without requiring additional memory space and hence a larger chip size. Starting now, we need to prepare for ensuring that the security technology is available and commercially feasible by the time quantum computers arrive.
This webinar will help you to gain general awareness of the challenges faced in cryptography from quantum computers, develop understanding of post-quantum cryptography (PQC) as a concept, get an overview of recent initiatives around PQC, and know about a real-life implementation of PQC in a chip.
- Learn the disruptive potential quantum computers have to break various currently used encryption algorithms
- Understand that quantum computer attacks on today's cryptography are expected to become reality within the next 15 to 20 years, threatening even the best security algorithms
- Discover how post-quantum cryptography (PQC) secures a post-quantum computer world
Thomas Poeppelmann received his PhD from Ruhr University Bochum, Germany focusing on the topic of post-quantum cryptography (PQC). In 2015, Thomas started his career in Infineon working in the field of concepts for security microcontrollers. He is one of world's leading researchers on the topic of PQC. He has published a number of academic papers and co-developed the "New Hope" approach for PQC. He along with his co-researchers are the recipients of the 2016 Internet Defense Prize from Facebook for their research on PQC.