United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has acknowledged a group of encryption tools that have the potential to endure cyber attacks launched from quantum computers.
We already know that every technology has its pros and cons and any mind can use it anytime against mankind.
Similarly, Quantum Computers can also launch sophisticated cyber attacks and NCSC suspects that adversary nations like China, Russia, and North Korea have such technology or work on such technology that can spell doomsday for the entire humankind.
To counter such issues, NIST has selected 4 encryption algorithms that have the potential to withstand the digital attacks from quantum computers. Thus, the selected algorithms will be added to NIST’s Post Quantum Cryptographic (PQC) Standard, that must be finalized by 2024.
Out of the four, NIST has opted for CRYSTALS-Kyber Algorithm for general encryption and the other three, i.e. CRYSTALS Dilithium, Falcon, and Sphincs+ for digital signatures.
Laurie E Locascio, the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, acknowledged the news and stated that the organization has decided by anticipating the future needs of the US Industry and society in mind.
Ms. Locascio also added in her statement that 4 more encryptions will be added to the list and their details will be updated soon.