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CHIPS Articles: NIST Releases Interagency Report 8114 on Lightweight Cryptography

NIST Releases Interagency Report 8114 on Lightweight Cryptography
By NIST News - April 3, 2017
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is pleased to announce the release of NISTIR 8114, Report on Lightweight Cryptography. This report provides an overview of lightweight cryptography, summarizes the findings of NIST's lightweight cryptography project, and outlines NIST's plans for the standardization of lightweight algorithms.

NIST-approved cryptographic standards were designed to perform well using general-purpose computers. In recent years, there has been increased deployment of small computing devices that have limited resources with which to implement cryptography. When current NIST-approved algorithms can be engineered to fit into the limited resources of constrained environments, their performance may not be acceptable.

For these reasons, NIST started a lightweight cryptography project that was tasked with learning more about the issues and developing a strategy for the standardization of lightweight cryptographic algorithms. This report provides an overview of the lightweight cryptography project at NIST, and describes plans for the standardization of lightweight cryptographic algorithms.

Author(s) Kerry A. McKay, Lawrence E. Bassham, Meltem Sonmez Turan, Nicky W. Mouha
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8114
NIST Pub Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs
Report Number: 8114
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NIST Internal or Interagency Reports (NISTIRs) describe research of a technical nature of interest to a specialized audience. The series includes interim or final reports on work performed by NIST for outside sponsors (both government and nongovernment). NISTIRs may also report results of NIST projects of transitory or limited interest, including those that will be published subsequently in more comprehensive form.

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