Peter Schwabe under finalists of NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography standardisation

August 06, 2020

On July 22, 2020, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the finalists of the post-quantum cryptography standardization project that they had started with a call for proposals in 2016. It is expected that this project will conclude around 2022 with a few algorithms that will be standardized and widely adopted as the next generation of asymmetric cryptography to secure our digital infrastructure.

In total NIST announced 7 finalists; 4 encryption and key-encapsulation schemes and 3 signature schemes. Out of those 7, Peter Schwabe, who will be joining our faculty staff in September, is involved in 4: key encapsulation mechanisms Classic McEliece, NTRU, and CRYSTALS-Kyber and signature scheme CRYSTALS-Dilithium. Furthermore, he is involved in the SPHINCS+ signature scheme that NIST advanced to the next round as an "alternate candidate scheme".

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