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Draft White Paper on "Getting Ready for Post-Quantum Cryptography" is Available for Comment

NIST has posted a draft Cybersecurity White Paper, "Getting Ready for Post-Quantum Cryptography: Explore Challenges Associated with Adoption and Use of Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithms." The public comment period ends June 30, 2020.

NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is initiating the development of practices to ease the migration from the current set of public-key cryptographic algorithms to replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks.  Today, we are releasing a draft NIST Cybersecurity White Paper to address this topic, Getting Ready for Post-Quantum Cryptography: Explore Challenges Associated with Adoption and Use of Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithms.

This paper introduces adoption challenges associated with post-quantum cryptography after the standardization process is completed. Planning requirements for migration to post-quantum cryptography are discussed. The paper concludes with NIST’s next steps for helping with the migration to post-quantum cryptography.

The public comment period for this draft ends on June 30, 2020. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments. More information is also available on the NCCoE's applied crypto agility project homepage. See the Post-Quantum Cryptography project for updates on NIST's standardization effort.

Released May 26, 2020