National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce.
Notice and request for nominations for candidate post-quantum algorithms.
This notice solicits nominations from any interested party for candidate algorithms to be considered for public-key post-quantum standards. The submission requirements and the minimum acceptability requirements of a “complete and proper” candidate algorithm submission, as well as the evaluation criteria that will be used to appraise the candidate algorithms, can be found at http://www.nist.gov/pqcrypto.
Proposals must be received by November 30, 2017. Further details are available at http://www.nist.gov/pqcrypto.
Algorithm submission packages should be sent to Dr. Dustin Moody, Information Technology Laboratory, Attention: Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithm Submissions, 100 Bureau Drive—Stop 8930, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930. Submissions may also be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that for email submissions, some of the supporting documentation requires a signature and must be physically mailed to the above address. See http://www.nist.gov/pqcrypto for complete submission instructions.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For general information, send email to email@example.com. For questions related to a specific submission package, contact Dr. Dustin Moody, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8930, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8930, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone: (301) 975-8136.
A public email list-serve has been set up for announcements, as well as a forum to discuss the standardization effort being initiated by NIST. For directions on how to subscribe, please visit http://www.nist.gov/pqcrypto.
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has initiated a process to develop and standardize one or more additional public-key cryptographic algorithms to augment FIPS 186-4, Digital Signature Standard, as well as special publications SP 800-56A, Revision 2, Recommendation for Pair-Wise Key Establishment Schemes Using Discrete Logarithm Cryptography, and SP 800-56B, Recommendation for Pair-Wise Key-Establishment Schemes Using Integer Factorization Cryptography. It is intended that the new public-key cryptography standards will specify one or more additional unclassified, publicly disclosed digital signature, public-key encryption, and key-establishment algorithms that are capable of protecting sensitive government information well into the foreseeable future, including after the advent of quantum computers.
As a first step in this process, NIST solicited public comment on draft minimum acceptability requirements, submission requirements, and evaluation criteria for candidate algorithms. The comments received are posted at http://www.nist.gov/pqcrypto, along with a summary of the changes made as a result of these comments.
The purpose of this notice is to announce that nominations for post-quantum candidate algorithms may now be submitted, up until the final deadline of November 30, 2017. Complete instructions on how to submit a candidate package, including the minimal acceptability requirements, are posted at http://www.nist.gov/pqcrypto. The finalized evaluation criteria which will be used to assess the submissions are also posted at the same Web site.
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NIST Chief of Staff.
[FR Doc. 2016-30615 Filed 12-19-16; 8:45 am]
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