01 January 2018
31 December 2020
With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), industry’s digital transformation has begun by bringing new challenges. Security is one of the main concerns, due in part to recent developments in quantum computing.
A quantum computer is different from common digital computers, where data are encoded into binary digits (bits), each of which is always in one of two definite states (0 or 1). Instead, a quantum computation uses quantum bits (qubits), which can be in superpositions of states. Experts believe that once a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer is available, which may still be several years away, it will be capable of solving complex mathematical problems, rendering all currently used public-key cryptographic solutions insecure. As a result, the need to find ways to incorporate quantum-resistant (QR) cryptographic algorithms into "secure by design" deployed systems is becoming necessary and urgent.
The FutureTPM project is aimed at designing and developing a Quantum-Resistant (QR) Trusted Platform Module (TPM). FutureTPM will provide a new generation of TPM-based solutions including hardware, software and virtualization environments, by incorporating robust and physically secured Quantum-Resistant cryptographic primitives. This will allow long-term security, privacy and operational assurance for future ICT systems and services. FutureTPM solutions will also improve the security of Hardware Security Modules, Trusted Execution Environments, Smart Cards, and the Internet of Things.