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Technology Innovation Institute Contributes to Post-Quantum Cryptographic Standardization via NIST Digital Signature Schemes

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Technology Innovation Institute Contributes to Post-Quantum Cryptographic Standardization via NIST Digital Signature Schemes

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 18 July, 2023 – The Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a leading global scientific research center and the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), today announced that its Cryptography Research Center (CRC) has participated in a call for Additional Post-Quantum Digital Signature Schemes (DSS) issued by the American National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST). CRC has contributed to the submission of digital signature proposals in its continuing effort to help fortify and fast-track the evolution of post-quantum cryptographic (PQC) digital signatures.

The call for proposals is part of NIST’s public process to define quantum-resistant public-key cryptography algorithms for standardization and diversify its portfolio of hard mathematical problems, based on structured lattices.  NIST selected the first algorithms to be standardized in 2022, six years after the original public request for proposals to the PQC Standardization Process.  NIST received 50 submissions in response and deemed 40 to be complete and admissible according to the submission requirements. The complete list can be found here.

To provide the best proposals, TII collaborated with researchers of leading international partner universities across North America, Asia, and Europe to develop a cryptographic suite of DSS based on well-established hard mathematical problems. The schemes are based on a variety of mathematical problems that are believed to be resistant to quantum computers. The DSS suite includes MiRitH (MinRank Problem), PERK (Permutation Kernel Problem), RYDE (Rank Syndrome Decoding Problem), LESS (Code Equivalence Problem), MIRA (MinRank Problem), Biscuit (Multivariate Quadratic Problem), as well as SQISign (Quaternion Isogeny Path Problem).

Speaking on TII’s participation in the prestigious initiative, Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Chief Researcher, Cryptography Research Center (CRC) said: “In line with our mission to discover breakthrough solutions to strengthen the future of digital societies, this contribution of several digital signatures to NIST underscores our commitment to advancing PQC. Such efforts enable us to realize our primary goal of addressing security challenges and to continuously push the boundaries of cryptographic research. Furthermore, our continuous strategic partnerships with globally-renowned universities are a testament to our collaborative spirit and help redefine the cryptography landscape and ensure secure communication for a connected world.”
TII’s active participation in augmenting the PQC ecosystem demonstrates its expertise in the field and highlights the importance of academic synergies in establishing a holistic approach to drive secure and robust cryptographic solutions.

About the Technology Innovation Institute (TII)

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII) is the dedicated applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). TII is a pioneering global research and development center that focuses on applied research and new-age technology capabilities. The Institute has 10 dedicated research centers in advanced materials, autonomous robotics, cryptography, AI and digital science, directed energy, quantum, secure systems, propulsion and space, biotechnology, and renewable and sustainable energy
By working with exceptional talent, universities, research institutions and industry partners from all over the world, the Institute connects an intellectual community and contributes to building an R&D ecosystem that reinforces the status of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a global hub for innovation. For more information, visit  

About the Cryptography Research Center (CRC) 

The Cryptography Research Center – at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi – designs the building blocks of advanced cryptographic and cryptanalytic mechanisms that enable advanced data privacy, integrity, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. Working in partnership with leading research advisors and institutions, the Center aims to research new cryptographic primitives covering design, analysis, implementation, and implementation hardness, as well as develop security protocols. 
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