Infrastructure Systems

Modern Cybersecurity in IoT Devices

REU Scholar: Emily Wayne

REU Scholar Home Institution: San Jose State University

REU Scholar: Isaac Merlin

REU Scholar Home Institution: Florida Atlantic University High School

REU Mentor: Reza Azarderakhsh, Ph.D.

Project: Defending and Attacking Embedded Systems


While the cryptographic systems we have today are considered secure, there will come a time when post-quantum computers can decrypt modern public-key methods. Methods that have been used for years, like RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and Elliptic Curve Cryptography, will become totally insecure when faced with quantum attacks due to Shor’s algorithm, trivializing the discrete log problem. Due to the capability to download communications now and decipher them later, it is necessary to update to new systems as soon as possible. This suggests that stronger encryption schemes need to be implemented in order to continue to ensure the secrecy and integrity of our data as we enter the quantum age. In this presentation, we explore the shift from classical cryptography to post-quantum for embedded devices, reviewing a NIST standardized post-quantum algorithm, KYBER.