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Feb 10, 2023

Post-Quantum Cryptography in OpenPGP - Standard Draft Published

Joint draft by MTG AG, BSI and Proton AG for the future-proof securing of e-mail communication available for public viewing and comment.

In a joint project, MTG AG, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)  and Proton AG  have developed a draft for securing the popular OpenPGP protocol using Post-Quantum Cryptography. This draft was published on the website of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)  at the end of December. The IETF is an international body that defines standards for the Internet; for example, the standards for TCP/IP, TLS and OpenPGP originate from the IETF.

The standard draft is publicly viewable and can thus be subjected to critical review and comment by interested parties. "With the publication of the Internet Draft, we have reached an important milestone in our project. We hope that our draft will be adopted as a standard, thus making Post-Quantum Cryptography available to a wide base of users for securing e-mail traffic and files in the future," says Dr. Falko Strenzke, project manager at MTG AG and one of the authors of the Internet Draft.

The standard draft was created as part of the "Integration of Post-Quantum Cryptography in the Thunderbird e-mail client"  project funded by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The project will run until the end of 2024 and aims to make Post-Quantum Cryptography available to a wide range of users via the Thunderbird e-mail client.

With the publication of the Internet Draft, we have reached an important milestone in our project. We hope that our draft will be adopted as a standard, thus making Post-Quantum Cryptography available to a wide base of users for securing e-mail traffic and files in the future,

Dr. Falko Strenzke, Project manager at MTG AG and one of the authors of the Internet Draft.

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