The Current State of Post Quantum Cryptography - ON-202
Preferred Disciplines: Computer Science, Quantum Computing (PhD and/or Post-Doc)
Project Length: 8-12 months (2 units)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Ottawa, ON
No. of Positions: 2
About the Company:
A leading web security solutions company enabling organizations worldwide to secure their identities, web presence and connected devices.
The research project to be performed will be a literature search based on topics related to post quantum cryptography. Quantum computers have the potential to render current cryptographic algorithms insecure, so quantum-safe cryptographic algorithms are being developed. Ultimately, the research goal is to have a better understanding of the current state of quantum-safe cryptographic algorithms.
Answer the following questions:
- What is the current understanding of the date that quantum-safe cryptography will render current cryptographic algorithms obsolete or commercially unviable?
- What is the latest research on 'z' date, especially based on Michele Mosca's research. Is there other research, and does it differ?
- What is the explicit definition of obsolete or commercially unviable? What exactly will the attacker be able to do? Read SSL in real time?
- What are the leading quantum-safe cryptography algorithms?
- Recently NIST proposed a process for standardizing post-quantum cryptography and is currently reviewing first-round submissions. The most promising of these submissions included cryptosystems based on lattices, isogenies, hash functions, and codes. What is the current state of research submitted to NIST?
- Beyond NIST, what are the other research programs occuring? Are they in early stages of research, or are they mature and well understood?
- Is there consensus for the timeframe in which quantum-safe cryptographic algorithms considered mature?
- What are the leading quantum-safe cryptographic algorithms?
- What will be the engineering implications for post quantum PKI?
- As an example, ECC certificates are quicker to issue than RSA certificates, so what will be the relative speed of issuance be for certificates related to post quantum algorithms
- Literature search with a synthesis and summary of findings
- Collaboration with partner company to further refine research definition
Expertise and Skills Needed:
- Familiarity with PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)
- Familiarity with cryptographic algorithms
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