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Post-quantum cryptography for long-term security

Post-quantum cryptography for long-term security

Objective

Online banking, e-commerce, telemedicine, mobile communication, and cloud computing depend fundamentally on the security of the underlying cryptographic algorithms. Public-key algorithms are particularly crucial since they provide digital signatures and establish secure communication without requiring in-person meetings.

Essentially all applications today are based on RSA or on the discrete-logarithm problem in finite fields or on elliptic curves. Cryptographers optimize parameter choices and implementation details for these systems and build protocols on top of these systems; cryptanalysts fine-tune attacks and establish exact security levels for these systems. Alternative systems are far less visible in research and unheard of in practice.

It might seem that having three systems offers enough variation, but these systems are all broken as soon as large quantum computers are built. The EU and governments around the world are investing heavily in building quantum computers; society needs to be prepared for the consequences, including cryptanalytic attacks accelerated by these computers. Long-term confidential documents such as patient health-care records and state secrets have to guarantee security for many years, but information encrypted today using RSA or elliptic curves and stored until quantum computers are available will then be as easy to decipher as Enigma-encrypted messages are today.

PQCRYPTO will allow users to switch to post-quantum cryptography: cryptographic systems that are not merely secure for today but that will also remain secure long-term against attacks by quantum computers. PQCRYPTO will design a portfolio of high-security post-quantum public-key systems, and will improve the speed of these systems, adapting to the different performance challenges of mobile devices, the cloud, and the Internet of Things. PQCRYPTO will provide efficient implementations of high-security post-quantum cryptography for a broad spectrum of real-world applications.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Address

Groene Loper 3
5612 Ae Eindhoven

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 708 958,75

Participants (10)

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BUNDESDRUCKEREI GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 217 822,50

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 383 392,50

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 463 750

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 359 375

NXP SEMICONDUCTORS BELGIUM NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 321 460

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 342 755

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 352 445

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 358 440

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 343 392,50

ACADEMIA SINICA

Taiwan

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 645622

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 964 791,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 851 791,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

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