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New milestone in crypto history: US standardisation authority NIST starts crypto competition

When US standardization authority NIST starts a competition to find a new crypto algorithm, this is always a milestone in cryptology history. In the 1970s, the DES competition made the start, followed by similar contests for the AES algorithm, the SHA-3 hashing function and post-quantum crypto algorithms. Now, NIST have launched the fifth crypto competition in their history. This time, the best lightweight encryption method will be sought, i.e., an …Read More

US Post-Quantum Competition: 69 Algorithms Enter the Race

US standardization authority NIST has published a list of the algorithms that participate in the Post-Quantum Competition. No fewer than 69 crypto systems enter the race – more than ever before in a crypto algorithm contest. NIST now faces the difficult task of selecting an algorithm (or several, if need be) that will be declared the new US standard – in an evaluation process lasting several years. It is expected …Read More

NIST’s new password rules – what you need to know

It’s no secret. We’re really bad at passwords. Nevertheless, they aren’t going away any time soon. With so many websites and online applications requiring us to create accounts and think up passwords in a hurry, it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to follow the advice of so-called password security experts. At the same time, the computing power available for password cracking just gets bigger and bigger. OK, so …Read More