(CloudWedge) IBM intends to begin offering quantum-safe cryptography on its public cloud architecture starting next year. The service is designed to anticipate the production of quantum computers and a potential attack from one of these machines. Quantum-safe cryptography uses an algorithm that is resistant to attacks from both quantum computers as well as regular computers. IBM’s services utilize open-source technology and open standards to increase its Transport Layer Security (TLS) and secure socket layer (SSL) connections for data residing in and being transferred across the cloud.
The algorithms that IBM intends to use come from a platform called the Cryptographic Suite for Algebraic Lattices (CRYSTALS). The CRYSTALS platform utilizes mathematical problems that have been in circulation since the 1980s but are so hard that they haven’t been defeated by traditional technology, nor algebraic attacks using a quantum processor. The intention is to utilize these cryptography algorithms as a security standard moving forward.