PQ-REACT’s primary objective, is to design, build, and evaluate a framework for a simpler and more quick transition from classical to post-quantum cryptography for a broad spectrum of contexts and usage domains
In the last three decades, public key cryptography has become an indispensable component of global communication digital infrastructure. These networks support a plethora of applications that are important to our economy, our security, and our way of life, such as mobile phones, internet commerce, social networks, and cloud computing. In such a connected world, the ability of individuals, businesses, and governments to communicate securely is of the utmost importance.
At the moment, the quantum threat is theoretical as quantum computers that fulfill the requirements of Shor’s and Grover’s algorithms for long keys are not available. Still, it is evident that widely used RSA, ECDSA, ECDH, and DSA cryptosystems will need to be replaced by post-quantum cryptography (PQC). The need for addressing this problem early enough has been recognized by various relevant organizations, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has started an effort to identify cryptographic algorithms able to withstand quantum computer attacks by 2022 — and make them available by 2024.
The PQ-REACT project
PQ-REACT is a pioneering project aimed at securing the future of cryptography in the quantum era. Funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Research & Innovation programme, it officially started on September 1st, 2023.
PQ-REACT project key components
PQ-REACT will work toward its objectives with its highly qualified consortium offering its broad spectrum of expertise and technical skills coordinated by Dr. Akis Kourtis (National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” NCSR, Greece).
The consortium comprises 12 partners across 7 EU member states (Greece, Spain, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Poland and Bulgaria), including Universities, Research Centers, IT companies and SMEs.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101119547