The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft project description for Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography to implement actions that will ease the migration of public-key cryptographic algorithms to replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks. NIST is currently in the later stages to select suitable Post Quantum Cryptography algorithms and expects that process to be completed in the next one to two years. But upgrading the entire digital infrastructure to adopt the new standards will be a huge project that could take as much as 10 years or more. The project sponsored by NCCoE would develop white papers, playbooks, and demonstrable proof-of-concept implementations for organizations that provide cryptographic standards and protocols, and also for enterprises that develop, acquire, implement, and service cryptographic products. The document is still in draft form and NCCoE is seeking public comments on its draft project description. The deadline for submitting comments is July 7, 2021. For more information about this project and this document you can view a web page available on the NIST website here.

June 5, 2021