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Time to Standardize Threshold Schemes for Cryptographic Primitives



Luis Brandao, Michael S. Davidson, Nicky W. Mouha, Apostol T. Vassilev


This bulletin summarizes the information found in NISTIR 8214: Threshold Schemes for Cryptographic Primitives. NIST is interested in promoting the security of implementations of cryptographic primitives. This security depends not only on the theoretical properties of the primitives but also on the ability to withstand attacks on their implementations. NISTIR 8214 provides an overview of threshold cryptographic schemes, which enable attaining desired security goals even if f out of n of its components are compromised.
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threshold schemes, cryptographic primitives, threshold cryptography, intrusion tolerance, distributed systems, resistance to side-channel attacks, standards, validation


Brandao, L. , Davidson, M. , Mouha, N. and Vassilev, A. (2019), Time to Standardize Threshold Schemes for Cryptographic Primitives, ITL Bulletin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed September 29, 2023)
Created April 10, 2019, Updated March 17, 2020