HAPKIDO: for quantum-safe Public Key Infrastructures
Advances in quantum computing will make many popular cryptographic algorithms and encryption schemes insecure. To protect sensitive data, we must work now towards new solutions. The Hybrid Approach for quantum-safe Public Key Infrastructure Development for Organisations (HAPKIDO) project is a five-year initiative that aims to develop a roadmap for the transition to quantum-safe Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs).
Preparing for the challenge
Without preparation, sensitive data currently protected by encryption schemes will become accessible. The communication infrastructure will be disrupted, and our transactions and information will be vulnerable to criminals. This will affect countless organisations and millions of people.
To protect digital societies, QS trust services, including their underlying PKIs, are critical. Scientific and technical breakthroughs are required in QS cryptography, PKI development and migration architectures. In HAPKIDO, financed by the NWO, TNO is joining forces with TU Delft, CWI, Logius, KPN, Microsoft and Zynyo to accelerate these developments.
Addressing the complexity
Developing and migrating towards QS PKIs is not just a technical problem. Every organisation – and every sector – has its own unique organisational landscape, with associated financial, governance and technological characteristics.
The challenges of legacy systems and the many choices involved in QS development can also cause delays in the transition. Yet it is critical for organisations – such as those in finance, healthcare, the public sector and more - to begin developing QS solutions.
How HAPKIDO will help
HAPKIDO will deliver sector-based plans that help organisations transition towards QS PKIs, including hybrid PKIs that demonstrate how QS solutions will work with existing infrastructures, and governance models that guide organisations towards a QS future. HAPKIDO is already sharing insights with frontrunners in the telecom, financial and public sectors.
The scientific breakthroughs expected in this project include contributions to QS security proofs, QS PKI designs, PKI migration architectures and strategies, and growth paths towards a QS infrastructure. Dissemination will be accelerated through a massive open online course, an awareness game, and via workshops hosted by the partners.
Daniël WormFunctie:Senior consultant
Erik MeeuwissenFunctie:Senior consultant
Erik Meeuwissen is a senior consultant and leads TNO's Security Monitoring & Detection team. The team has a track record on cyber attack detection in company networks and is broadening its scope to OT. To counter advanced and targeted attacks, anomaly detection is a key ingredient. The team is active in different sectors including government and financials.
Frank FransenFunctie:Senior scientist
Frank Fransen is the lead scientist in the TNO Trusted ICT Cluster focussing on Automated Security and Security Monitoring and Detection. Frank has been working on some major international cybersecurity research projects, such as SOCCRATES and INTERSECT.
Frank PhillipsonFunctie:Senior scientist
Frank Phillipson is senior scientist and professor at Maastricht University in Computational Operations Research, specialized in optimization in telecommunication, energy and logistics networks. Most of our current work is focused on finding new computational techniques for optimization and machine learning using the quantum computer.
Maran van HeeschFunctie:Senior consultant
Maran van Heesch is the portfolio manager for PMC's Quantum Safe Technologies and Practical Algorithms for Quantum Optimization. Maran van Heesch works as a scientific consultant at TNO with a strong focus on applied cryptography, including post-quantum cryptography, quantum cryptography and secure multi-party computation. She works on figuring out use cases for quantum key distribution, possible transition models to post-quantum cryptography for security products and has implemented multi-party computation protocols for various use cases in the financial and healthcare sectors.
Noura El OuajdiFunctie:Ecosystem lead Consortium for Automated Security Operations
“TNO is a wonderful playground for socially relevant initiatives”. - Noura El Ouajdi is an ecosystem lead for the Consortium for Automated Security Operations (ASOP), which combats sophisticated cyberattacks and other complex security threats.
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