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Post-Quantum and Code-Based Cryptography—Some Prospective Research Directions

Balamurugan, C., Singh, K., Ganesan, G. & Rajarajan, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5814-9922 (2021). Post-Quantum and Code-Based Cryptography—Some Prospective Research Directions. Cryptography, 5(4), 38. doi: 10.3390/cryptography5040038


Cryptography has been used from time immemorial for preserving the confidentiality of data/information in storage or transit. Thus, cryptography research has also been evolving from the classical Caesar cipher to the modern cryptosystems, based on modular arithmetic to the contemporary cryptosystems based on quantum computing. The emergence of quantum computing poses a major threat to the modern cryptosystems based on modular arithmetic, whereby even the computationally hard problems which constitute the strength of the modular arithmetic ciphers could be solved in polynomial time. This threat triggered post-quantum cryptography research to design and develop post-quantum algorithms that can withstand quantum computing attacks. This paper provides an overview of the various research directions that have been explored in post-quantum cryptography and, specifically, the various code-based cryptography research dimensions that have been explored. Some potential research directions that are yet to be explored in code-based cryptography research from the perspective of codes is a key contribution of this paper.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Publisher Keywords: quantum computing; post-quantum cryptography; code-based cryptography; cryptosystem; cryptography; privacy
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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