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Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography: Draft Project Description Available for Comment

NIST's NCCoE has released a Draft Project Description, "Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography." The public comment period is open through July 7, 2021.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new draft project description, Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography. Publication of this project description begins a process to further identify project requirements, scope, and hardware and software components for use in a laboratory environment.

The NCCoE will solicit participation from industry to develop and demonstrate practices to ease migration from the current set of public-key cryptographic algorithms to replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks. These practices will take the form of white papers, playbooks, and demonstrable implementations for organizations. The audience for these practices is intended to include organizations that provide cryptographic standards and protocols and enterprises that develop, acquire, implement, and service cryptographic products. This effort complements the NIST post-quantum cryptography (PQC) standardization activities.

The public comment period is open through July 7, 2021. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments.

You can also help shape and contribute to this project. Join the Community of Interest by sending an email to applied-crypto-pqc [at] (applied-crypto-pqc[at]nist[dot]gov)

Released June 4, 2021, Updated June 10, 2021