"The good news is that we don't yet have a quantum computer that threatens the public key algorithms that protect our data. The bad news is that industry is moving rapidly towards their goal of creating 'cryptographically relevant' quantum computers and we cannot afford to wait for the day when quantum computers are an immediate threat."
Current Targeted Programs
Open Quantum Safe
Open Quantum Safe (OQS) is an open-source software project that aims to support the development and prototyping of quantum-resistant cryptography. OQS consists of two main lines of work: liboqs, an open-source C library for quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms using a common API; and prototype integrations into protocols and applications, including the widely used OpenSSL library.
Research in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at the Institute for Quantum Computing is focused on the applications of quantum photonics and quantum communications, as well as the fundamental aspects of the quantum world. Researchers actively design and demonstrate quantum photonics devices suitable for communication and computing with photons. In particular, the team acts as the scientific lead for the Canadian Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat), which aims to demonstrate ultra-long-distance quantum communication using satellites.