DigiCert, Gemalto and ISARA to provide quantum-proof certificates

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Hardware security modules (HSM) and digital certificates are critical pieces of technology in securing today’s online transactions and communications. Our partnership with DigiCert and Gemalto aims to create a quantum-safe digital certificate and secure key management solution. This new offering would enable the Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected devices to operate securely well into the quantum era.

The main security flaws arise around algorithms like RSA and ECC which use the hard math problems of integer factoring, which is currently difficult to break on a classical computer but becomes a lot easier using a quantum computer. Tim Hollebeek, Industry and Standards Technical Strategist at DigiCert, reminds us that even though RSA and ECC make up a large part of modern day public key infrastructure (PKI), we will adapt to secure encryption methods as we have in the past:

“We’ve seen the move from DES to 3DES, for example, and from SHA-1 to SHA-2 — it takes a decade or two. I like to tell people building a quantum computer that can break RSA or ECC — that’s a hard problem, and it’s going to take a decade or two,” he said. “Getting the entire world’s cryptography off of RSA and ECC and onto new algorithms … that’s also a hard problem. It will also probably take a decade or two.”

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