The case for quantum key distribution

Stebila, Douglas, Mosca, Michele, & Lutkenhaus, Norbert (2009) The case for quantum key distribution. In Sergienko , A, Villoresi , P, & Pascazio , S (Eds.) Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, Springer, Vico Equense, Italy, pp. 283-296.

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Quantum key distribution (QKD) promises secure key agreement by using quantum mechanical systems. We argue that QKD will be an important part of future cryptographic infrastructures. It can provide long-term confidentiality for encrypted information without reliance on computational assumptions. Although QKD still requires authentication to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks, it can make use of either information-theoretically secure symmetric key authentication or computationally secure public key authentication: even when using public key authentication, we argue that QKD still offers stronger security than classical key agreement.

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ID Code: 27219
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: quantum key distribution, quantum cryptography
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11731-2_35
ISSN: 1867-8211
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400) > Data Encryption (080402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > QUANTUM PHYSICS (020600) > Quantum Information Computation and Communication (020603)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
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Deposited On: 02 Dec 2009 23:41
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