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A Review of ICMC 2017

International Cryptographic Module Conference (ICMC) 2017

The ICMC 2017 took place in May in Washington DC (for more about ICMC, visit http://icmconference.org/). For the first time in the history of the conference, an entire track was dedicated to Quantum-Safe Cryptography.

At previous conferences, time and effort has been spent on introducing the concept of a quantum computer and the potential implications on traditional cryptography. It was assumed that there was still some education to be done on the very concept of quantum computing.

Now, however, the community appears to be fully aware of the threat presented by the quantum computer. The accelerated development of viable applications of quantum computing has everyone taking the threat seriously.

Presentations at this year’s conference concentrated on the real-life implications of advances in computing power; the threats they pose to existing cryptographic standards and ways in which the data securty community can address these threats.

Even the most pessimistic of observers admits that a commercially viable quantum computer will be there in the next decade and will put all our infrastructures in peril due to the fact that they will destroy asymmetric keys.

Along with solutions based on quantum resistant algorithms (aka post-quantum), ID Quantique presented how to overcome the quantum threat using solutions based on quantum random number generators and quantum key distribution.

If you would like to know more about this topic, a copy of our presentation is available for download here


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