Russian Institute Commits To Quantum Threat Protection
Cryptographic technologies resistant to quantum threats will be introduced into the telecommunications infrastructure of Russia
The Research Institute of Radio (FSUE NIIR) conducts R&D in the areas of satellite communication and navigation systems for Russia’s Ministry of Defense as well as civilian use. It recently incorporated Testing Center Omega under its banner, which is part of the Sevastopol Defense industry, and experts from the NIIR regularly publish papers with Defense Ministry researchers in publications like this one.
About one month ago, on March 25th, this news item appeared on the Russian language version of the site - “Russian telecommunications will be protected from the quantum threat.” Interestingly, it doesn’t appear on the English language version. This is an English machine translation:
Cryptographic technologies resistant to quantum threats will be introduced into the telecommunications infrastructure of Russia: research in this area will be carried out jointly by the Radio Research Institute and the Academy of Cryptography of the Russian Federation. The cooperation agreement was signed by the Director General of the Institute Oleg Ivanov and the President of the Academy Alexander Shoitov.
In addition, the parties will deal with information security in quantum communication networks, the development of quantum and post-quantum cryptography systems, as well as experimental research on satellite systems for quantum key distribution.
“With the advent of a sufficiently powerful quantum computer in the future, it will be possible to decrypt data that is currently encoded using classical cryptography. To prevent this from happening, it is already necessary to protect information now with the help of new means using quantum and post-quantum cryptography. One of the main consumers of these technologies will be telecom operators, participants in the telecommunications market and government organizations. Together with the Academy of Cryptography, we will engage in research in this area,” said Oleg Ivanov.
Abroad, billions of dollars are invested in the development of technology. In Russia, a roadmap has been developed for the development of quantum technologies, which is an element of the national project "Digital Economy".
For the research and development of quantum technologies in the field of telecommunications, in the summer of 2021, the Radio Research Institute created the Center for Research on Quantum Communication Systems, the main tasks of which are to form a scientific and technical reserve, improve the regulatory framework and conduct research on the development of infrastructure for the provision of mass services of quantum communications.
The newly created Center for Research on Quantum Communication Systems has its own web page, which identifies the following tasks:
Analysis of world experience in the development and application of technological and network solutions in the field of quantum communications;
Carrying out research and development work, creating scientific, technical and regulatory frameworks for the development of quantum communication technologies;
Study of the problems of introducing quantum communication technologies into the telecommunications infrastructure of the Russian Federation, prospects for their solution;
Conducting theoretical and experimental research on the development of infrastructure for the provision of mass services using quantum communication technologies;
Study of ways to assess the technical and economic efficiency of the use of quantum communication technologies in communication networks;
Research of problems of information security of systems of quantum communications;
Development of proposals for the development of standardization of the mass services market based on quantum communications;
Research and development of incentive mechanisms (state, economic, investment, etc.) for the development of the mass services market based on quantum communications;
Development of draft regulatory and technical documentation and regulatory legal acts in the field of quantum communications;
Development of regulatory and legal frameworks (drafts of legal acts) and organizational and technical tools for building a state system for managing the quality of services provided in quantum communications systems.
The phrase “analysis of world experience” should be interpreted as an announcement of intent to canvas Western nations’ for competitive technologies. Therefore, companies working on Quantum computing and information security pertaining to the threat that quantum computing poses to cryptography should take extra steps to protect their IP from acts of cyber/physical espionage.