This is an important milestone in getting us to an era of quantum-safe encryption…:
CANBERRA, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Australia-based cybersecurity firm QuintessenceLabs joined other security companies in developing and supporting the first recommendations for global quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum random number generators (QRNG). These recommendations were submitted to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on 7 January and will be discussed at the ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Section (ITU-T) meeting in Geneva later this month.
An accompanying open letter, written at the Quantum Alliance Initiative conference in December 2018 at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., called on the security community to establish recommendations for QKD and the use of quantum entropy sources, based on the reality of the threat to cybersecurity presented by quantum computers.
The proposed recommendations are the first ever standards for both QKD and QRNG, will be adopted voluntarily as industry standards by the participating organizations, and are expected to facilitate and accelerate the developments of those technologies.