NSA releases future quantum-resistant (QR) algorithm requirements

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The National Security Agency (NSA) has released the Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite 2.0 (CNSA 2.0) Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA).

The aim of the advisory is  to notify National Security Systems (NSS) owners, operators and vendors of the future quantum-resistant (QR) algorithms requirements for NSS — networks that contain classified information or are otherwise critical to military and intelligence activities, the NSA said in a statement.

“This transition to quantum-resistant technology in our most critical systems will require collaboration between government, National Security System owners and operators, and industry,” said Rob Joyce, director of NSA Cybersecurity. The director of NSA is the National Manager for NSS and therefore issues guidance for NSS.

The algorithms in CNSA 2.0 are an update to those in the currently required Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite (now referred to as CNSA 1.0) listed in CNSSP 15, Annex B (released in 2016).

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