ISARA Corp. Introduces Catalyst™ Agile Digital Certificate Technology to Ease Transition to Quantum-Safe Future : X.509

ISARA Corp., the world’s leading provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, today announced the launch of ISARA Catalyst™ Agile Digital Certificate Technology, a first-of-its-kind technology that allows organizations and manufacturers to secure their infrastructure and connected devices from the looming threat of an encryption-breaking quantum computer.

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Over the past few decades, many organizations and governments have made substantial investments to deploy public key infrastructure (PKI) systems. These systems provide the essential elements required to secure their networks, devices, communications and even physical facilities access. With the availability of large-scale quantum computers within the next eight to 15 years, these investments need to be protected by migrating to quantum-safe versions of cryptographic primitives.

In this white paper, you will learn how ISARA’s unique crypto-agile certificates allow large organizations and governments to migrate their PKIs to quantum-safe security seamlessly, including:

Gaining an understanding of how quantum computers affect PKI
How to effectively choose a quantum-safe digital signature
Current migration challenges organizations and governments need to be aware of
How to use ISARA’s crypto-agile certificates to migrate PKI systems seamlessly

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Earlier this month at the ITU-T Headquarters in Geneva, Matthew Dalais of ITU interviewed Mark Pecen, Chief Executive Officer, and Alexander Truskovsky, Senior Product Manager, about quantum-safe X.509 digital certificates and the most recent revision of this key standard in the public key infrastructure. Mark Pecen provides a brief introduction to quantum computing and its [...]

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The power of quantum computing will have the potential to solve many currently unsolvable problems and will enable a new generation of applications, but will also have the ability to break current encryption schemes we rely on today to keep our data secure. Mike Brown, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder at ISARA, explained that, “quantum computing […]

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Cisco Systems and ISARA Corp., the leading provider of security solutions for the quantum computing age, today announced the world’s first collaboration to test digital certificates that operate in both classic and quantum-safe algorithm modes.

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Crypto-agility is the key to cost-effectively migrate information and communication technology (ICT) systems from legacy to quantum-safe systems. By using our unique dual algorithm approach to certificates, this is possible for large organizations and governments.

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If quantum computers were built, they would pose concerns for public key cryptography as we know it. Among other cryptographic techniques, they would jeopardize the use of PKI X.509 certificates (RSA, ECDSA) used today for authentication. To overcome the concern, new quantum secure signature schemes have been proposed in the literature. Most of these schemes have significantly larger public key and signature sizes than the ones used today. Even though post-quantum signatures could work well for some use cases like software signing, there are concerns about the effect their size and processing cost would have on technologies using X.509 certificates. In this work, we investigate the viability of post-quantum signatures in X.509 certificates and protocols that use them (e.g. TLS, IKEv2). We prove that, in spite of common concerns, they could work in today’s protocols and could be a viable solution to the emergence of quantum computing. We also quantify the overhead they introduce in protocol connection establishment and show that even though it is significant, it is not detrimental. Finally, we formalize the areas of further testing necessary to conclusively establish that the signature schemes standardized in NIST’s PQ Project can work with X.509 certs in a post-quantum Internet.

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