Quantum Authentication: Current and Future Research Directions


Heather Crawford, Florida Institute of Technology; Steven Atkin, IBM


Quantum computers have been seen as the arbiters of certain doom for classical computer security fundamentals such as cryptography. Much of this fear has been eased by the lack of real rather than theoretical or specialized quantum hardware. Since real quantum hardware is now available to the public and is rapidly maturing, it is essential that we focus on studying whether the doomsayers are correct: that traditional security techniques will be no match against quantum algorithms running on real quantum hardware. This paper examines research being undertaken in quantum identity authentication (QIA) protocols, dispels myths, and proposes directions for future research in this area. As such, our focus is on creating dialogue around quantum authentication in the authentication community to encourage further research and advancement in this field.

    author = {Crawford, Heather and Atkin, Steven},
    title = {{Quantum Authentication: Current and Future Research Directions}},
    booktitle = {Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop},
    year = {2019},
    series = {WAY~'19},
    pages = {1--5},
    address = {Santa Clara, California, USA},
    month = aug,
    publisher = {}
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