IDEMIA launches enhanced security smart cards resistant to quantum computers
- Asymmetric cryptography lies at the heart of digital security
- The asymmetric algorithms (e.g. RSA and ECC) are deemed not to be resistant to cryptanalysis methods that will be achievable with the new generation of quantum computers
- Post-quantum cryptography is the newest generation of cryptographic algorithms, which is resistant to the cryptanalysis methods that will be possible with quantum computers
Asymmetric cryptosystems are at the heart of digital security as they are the cornerstone for the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), as well as – amongst other things - secure authentication, digital Identities and trusted services. In particular, they are widely deployed in secure elements to perform safe authentication of people and things (IoT).
Indeed, it is believed that quantum computers will be able to break various asymmetric cryptographic algorithms (such as RSA or ECC) within the next 20 years.
To make quantum-resistant smart cards, IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, has implemented in a secure element/smart card, an asymmetric post-quantum algorithm creating an unforgeable signature when using a quantum computer for enhanced authentication. Documents can be signed in less than 2 seconds, ensuring a frictionless user experience. These IDEMIA smart cards are now resistant “by design”.
IDEMIA is one of the only companies which offer quantum-safe asymmetric cryptosystems, capitalizing on secure elements/smart cards, which offer portability and confidentiality of secret elements (keys and PIN/Biometric credentials).
This solution paves the way for the migration of digital security to quantum-safe implementation: public key infrastructure, secure authentication of people and things (IoT) and trusted services like electronic signatures.
With its brand-new smart card solution, IDEMIA will address business needs in authentication, logical access, tracking of actions, data encryption and protection, for customers such as security agencies or governmental organizations including ministries of defense.
IDEMIA is the trusted partner to help national security agencies, governments, and also the private sector to continuously guarantee security. With this innovation, IDEMIA has proven that a post-quantum algorithm can be implemented on a smart card. Indeed, our R&D teams are committed to always providing cutting-edge technologies, preparing our customers for the future, ahead of the curve.
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