(LosAlamosDailyPost) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has winnowed the 69 submissions it initially received for the second round of the NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization Process down to a final group of 15.
NIST has now begun the third round of public review. This “selection round” will help the agency decide on the small subset of these algorithms that will form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography standard.
“At the end of this round, we will choose some algorithms and standardize them,” NIST mathematician Dustin Moody said. “We intend to give people tools that are capable of protecting sensitive information for the foreseeable future, including after the advent of powerful quantum computers.”
The latest details on the project appear in the Status Report on the Second Round of the NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization Process (NISTIR 8309), which was published today. NIST is asking experts to provide their input on the candidates in the report.
“We request that cryptographic experts everywhere focus their attention on these last algorithms,” Moody said. “We want the algorithms we eventually select to be as strong as possible.”