Quantum information is currently one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of science and technology. It covers a broad range of areas including the technological exploitation of quantum physics for exponentially enhanced computing power and novel possibilities for communication and information security. There is a realistic possibility that in the medium term the power of quantum computation will have the potential to compromise some cyber security systems. Therefore, there is a current need to develop classical cryptographic security into schemes that are resistant to quantum computer attack, as many areas could be affected where secure communications are essential, such as banking, retail, national infrastructure, knowledge-based industries and defence. In order to achieve this, there is a need to build UK capacity in the post-quantum research over the next few years, with an aim to further develop UK research and teaching in this area.
Mathematicians and computer scientists with an awareness of classical cryptography and quantum computing algorithms and complexity will be key contributors to developing the area.
Aims and Objectives
Following recent initiatives in quantum technologies research and development, there is a clear need and opportunity to build UK capacity in the post-quantum research area. GCHQ is interested in building academic capacity in cyber-security and will work with the Turing Gateway to Mathematics (TGM) to develop and broaden the existing community.
As a starting point, a two day workshop took place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th May 2014 at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge. This event sought to identify future challenges and directions for post-quantum cyber-security research and to generate ideas for developing UK research and teaching in the area. There was the opportunity to discuss the scientific aspects of the upcoming GCHQ funding call.
The full programme is available via the above tab. A summary of the presentations can be found within the programme.