Report on Lightweight Cryptography

Published: March 28, 2017


Kerry A. McKay, Lawrence E. Bassham, Meltem Sonmez Turan, Nicky W. Mouha


NIST-approved cryptographic standards were designed to perform well using general-purpose computers. In recent years, there has been increased deployment of small computing devices that have limited resources with which to implement cryptography. When current NIST-approved algorithms can be engineered to fit into the limited resources of constrained environments, their performance may not be acceptable. For these reasons, NIST started a lightweight cryptography project that was tasked with learning more about the issues and developing a strategy for the standardization of lightweight cryptographic algorithms. This report provides an overview of the lightweight cryptography project at NIST, and describes plans for the standardization of lightweight cryptographic algorithms.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8114
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Pub Type: NIST Pubs


Constrained devices, lightweight cryptography, standardization
Created March 28, 2017, Updated November 10, 2018