Side Channel Attacks of quantum safe cryptographic algorithms


  • Side Channel Attacks of quantum safe cryptographic algorithms

Side Channel Attacks of Quantum-safe Cryptographic Algorithms

Project Summary:

The realisation of quantum computers is ever closer with some researchers predicting their availability within the next decade. Since quantum computing offers dramatic speed-up over classical computing, when they do become a reality, commonly used public-key cryptographic algorithms on which much of our current web security is based will no longer be secure. As a result, much research is now being conducted into quantum-resistant or quantum-safe cryptography, which refers to conventional cryptographic algorithms that are secure today but should remain secure even after practical quantum computing is a reality. In August 2015, US authorities (the National Security Agency) announced that the NIST Suite B Cryptographic Algorithms are to be transitioned to quantum resistant algorithms.  Suite B Algorithms are used to protect national security systems containing classified and unclassified information. Hence, going forward, a major challenge will be developing lightweight, physically secure quantum-safe designs suitable for IoT devices.

This PhD project will involve research into the design and implementation of lightweight post-quantum cryptographic architectures that are secure against side channel attacks. This research will feed into the European H2020 SAFEcrypto project which is being led by the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), QUB. The SAFEcrypto consortium comprises 6 other partners (HWCommunications, Ruhr Universität Bochum, RSA, Thales, INRIA and Universitá della Svizzera Italiana) and students will have the opportunity to collaborate with these partners.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen’s online application portal at:

Contact Details:

Prof Máire O’Neill: 


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