Special Issue "Quantum Cryptography and Cyber Security"

A special issue of Cryptography (ISSN 2410-387X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Petros Wallden

School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, UK
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Interests: quantum cyber security; quantum cryptography; quantum information theory; quantum computation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of quantum technologies opens a new era for cyber security, with new threats and new possibilities rapidly emerging. For example, the prospect of scalable quantum computers, with the ability to break hard problems commonly used by cryptosystems, would compromise the security of our communications. At the same time, the development of metropolitan quantum communication networks could offer an infrastructure where theoretically secure communication protocols (such as encryption) can be realised, sidestepping the aforementioned threat. While the above examples are important, the range of cyber security applications affected by quantum technologies is much greater. One can envision that, in the foreseeable future, we will have communication and computation networks composed of both classical and quantum devices of variable power (from mobile phones or simple quantum random number generators to supercomputers and universal quantum computers), all interconnected in a large hybrid quantum–classical network. 

The focus of this Special Issue will cover all aspects of research addressing the security and enhanced performance (efficiency, level of security) of the future hybrid classical–quantum communication and computation networks. This includes, but is not limited to, research on these areas: quantum key distribution, quantum random number generators, quantum signatures, secure cloud quantum computation, quantum SMPC, quantum internet, quantum blockchain, quantum e-voting, quantum money, quantum cryptanalysis, relativistic quantum cryptography, device-independent protocols, quantum hacking.

Dr. Petros Wallden
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Quantum Key Distribution
  • Secure Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Cryptanalysis
  • Quantum Hacking
  • Quantum Internet
  • Device-Independent Cryptography

Published Papers

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