IoT security algorithm accepted by NIST for quantum cryptography project

January 30, 2018 //By Rich Pell
IoT security algorithm accepted by NIST for quantum cryptography project
IoT security solutions provider SecureRF Corporation (Shelton, CT) has announced that its Walnut Digital Signature Algorithm (WalnutDSA) has been accepted by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for evaluation in their post-quantum standardization project.

Designed to address the security threat that will come with quantum computing, NIST's post-quantum cryptography project is a planned three-to-five-year process aimed at soliciting, evaluating, and standardizing one or more quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms. SecureRF's WalnutDSA is an ultra-fast, quantum-resistant, public-key digital signature solution for the Internet of Things.

Based on Group Theoretic Cryptography methods, WalnutDSA is offered as a fast, future-proof, ultra-low-energy solution that provides authentication, integrity, and nonrepudiation for even the smallest 8-bit processors that power the IoT.

"With the arrival of larger quantum computers becoming more imminent, it is important to begin looking at how we address security in the IoT," says Louis Parks, CEO of SecureRF. "NIST is taking a collaborative leadership role in charting this path, and we are excited to have met the initial screening requirement to now participate in this process evaluation."

“Using WalnutDSA, our semiconductor and processor partners are looking to address authentication and data protection for the automotive, medical, industrial, consumer, payments, and government markets," says Parks. "These markets will need to address a post-quantum world and we are focused on delivering the necessary solutions."

NIST expects to perform multiple rounds of evaluation on all of the methods submitted, and will periodically post updates on the NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography webpage. SecureRF's quantum-resistant security solutions are currently available for implementation in both software and hardware for a wide variety of 8-, 16-, and 32-bit processors.

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