Utimaco, a leading supplier of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), will be partnering with ISARA Corporation to utilize ISARA’s Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) software and provide a quantum-safe (Q-safe) firmware extension for their Utimaco Cryptoserver products. This will enable their customers to establish encrypted communications that cannot be broken by a future quantum computer using Shor’s algorithm.
ISARA has been participating in the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) competition in their selection of PQC algorithms for standardization. This competition is currently in Round 2 of the selection process and this offering will initially use the Dilithium algorithm for digital signature applications and the Kyber algorithm for key encapsulation. Both of these algorithms are Round 2 candidates and utilize a Lattice-Based technique for encryption. The hardware is crypto-agile so if these algorithms do not make it to the final selection for some reason, the HSMs could accommodate other algorithms which would be in the final selection. In addition, the HSMs can also accommodate hybrid classical-quantum cryptography so that users who are concerned about utilizing algorithms before the final NIST selection is completed can be reassured that the classical algorithms will add an additional layer of security for their data.
Utimaco is providing an HSM Simulator which users can use to simulate the quantum-safe algorithms before putting them into production. Once users are satisfied that the algorithms are working well, they can then purchase the hardware HSM and utilize the software in a secure production mode.