From May 17th to 19th, I had the pleasure of attending the Fifth International Cryptographic Module Conference (ICMC 2017) with my colleague, Alexander Mazuruc. Alex usually attends this conference which focuses on cryptographic modules and FIPS 140 type issues, but this year there were 8 tracks on related subjects such as Quantum-safe crypto (yes, that is a thing), and Common Criteria. The conference had about 35 different sponsors including the Trusted Commuting Group. Overall I found the conference very informative and a good place to network in the community.
I’ve been asked a couple of times in the nearby past by partners, customers and prospects that encryption would not be secure for millions of years as always being stated. Instead of this it would be possible to “break” encryption within seconds in a 15-20 years’ timeframe when quantum computers become reality.
My colleague, Alexander Mazuruc, attended the International Cryptographic Module Conference that took place last month in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Alex is a Senior Developer at WinMagic and has a unique “flair” for navigating the arcane world of product security certifications. He has delved deeply into Common Criteria and has been our go to person for all things FIPS for almost a decade.
The first time I heard about the application of Quantum physics in cryptography outside of physics labs was when Swiss election authorities used quantum cryptography, or more specifically Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), to protect ballots cast in the 2007 parliamentary elections of the Geneva region.