The U.S. federal standards body announced that three quantum-safe algorithms are expected to be ready for use next year. Now through Nov. 22, 2023, NIST is accepting feedback from the cryptographic community on those draft standards.
We’ve been talking about the need for post-quantum cryptography (PQC) now for a few years. As you can imagine, developing and rolling out new encryption standards for the entire internet takes a while. However, another significant milestone was recently achieved.
On Aug. 24, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a public comments period for the first three Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) algorithms’ proposed standards drafts. These Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) aim to address the suspected dangers associated with cryptographically relevant quantum computer (CRQP) capabilities. The drafts of these algorithms, which were announced in July 2022, are open to comments through Nov. 22, 2023.
This public comment period allows members of the cryptographic community to share their thoughts, concerns, and recommendations relating to three cryptographic schemes. This way, changes or improvements can be made before the standards are ready for use in 2024.
So, what’s the significance of all this to your organization and the industry as a whole?
Let’s hash it out.