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Secure Architectures of Future Emerging Cryptography

Objective

SAFEcrypto will provide a new generation of practical, robust and physically secure post quantum cryptographic solutions that ensure long-term security for future ICT systems, services and applications. Novel public-key cryptographic schemes (digital signatures, authentication, public-key encryption, identity-based encryption) will be developed using lattice problems as the source of computational hardness.

The project will involve algorithmic and design optimisations, and implementations of the lattice-based cryptographic schemes addressing the cost, energy consumption, performance and physical robustness needs of resource-constrained applications, such as mobile, battery-operated devices, and of real-time applications such as network security, satellite communications and cloud.

Currently a significant threat to cryptographic applications is that the devices on which they are implemented on leak information, which can be used to mount attacks to recover secret information. In SAFEcrypto the first analysis and development of physical-attack resistant methodologies for lattice-based cryptographic implementations will be undertaken.

Effective models for the management, storage and distribution of the keys utilised in the proposed schemes (key sizes may be in the order of kilobytes or megabytes) will also be provided.

This project will deliver proof-of-concept demonstrators of the novel lattice-based public-key cryptographic schemes for three practical real-word case studies with real-time performance and low power consumption requirements. In comparison to current state-of-the-art implementations of conventional public-key cryptosystems (RSA and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)), SAFEcrypto’s objective is to achieve a range of lattice-based architectures that provide comparable area costs, a 10-fold speed-up in throughput for real-time application scenarios, and a 5-fold reduction in energy consumption for low-power and embedded and mobile applications.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/network security
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/cryptography
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 036 405

Participants (7)

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 494 850
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Via Lambertenghi 10 A
6904 Lugano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 341 997,25
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
THALES UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 591 300
Address
350 Longwater Avenue, Green Park
RG2 6GF Reading
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EMC INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 399 125
Address
Ida Industrial Site
P31 Ovens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
H W COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 403 250
Address
Greaves Road Parkfield
LA1 4TZ Lancaster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)