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Google To Use 2048-bit keys For SSL By Year's End

June 25, 2014

Google is about to upgrade its SSL strength to 2048 bits, doubling from its current 1024 bits, per a suspicion from NIST that the current standard might be broken soon.

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NSA Experimenting With BYOD

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Government would like to move toward mobile, but is taking cautious steps at first, says one researcher.

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Physics Nobel Prize In Quantum Studies

June 25, 2014

The Nobel Prize has been awarded to Serge Haroche, from the Collège de France and the École Normale Supérieure, and David Wineland, from the University of Colorado and also the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). While technically the award is to honor research into the strange effects between light and matter, the quantum effects observed have implications for quantum computing and ultimately security.

According to the New York Times "Such techniques are crucial for the dream of quantum computers, which manipulate so-called qubits that are 1 and 0 simultaneously to solve some problems like factoring gigantic numbers to break codes beyond the capacity of ordinary computers. Such computers depend on the ability to isolate their “qubits” from the environment to preserve their magical computing powers, but at the same time there must be a way to measure the qubits to read out their answer."

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SHA-3 Winner Announced

June 24, 2014

There's a winner in the contest for the new Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 180-3, Secure Hash Standard or more simply “SHA-3.″

The winning algorithm is Keccak (pronounced “catch-ack”), created by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen and Gilles Van Assche of STMicroelectronics and Michaël Peeters of NXP Semiconductors. The algorithm was one of five finalists, down from an initial pool of 63 candidates back in 2007.

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NIST: Agencies Must Replace TLS With Updated TLS 1.1 or 1.2

June 24, 2014

The US Government will be modernizing its websites next year with new encryption guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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