Analyzing existing cryptographic solutions and develop new methods that have the security properties required for specific applications.

Practically all applications in which data or processes are secured use cryptographic methods nowadays. This premises that the crypto procedures used will be secure according to the state of the art. In its research ATHENE deals with the analysis of existing cryptographic solutions and develops new methods containing the security properties required for certain applications. In particular, the performance and usability in practical application are also considered.

An important focus of ATHENE's cryptography research is currently on the next generation of cryptography which is to be secure against strong attackers with quantum computers as well. Such powerful quantum computers are expected to be available in the coming years and will make it possible to break many of the currently used cryptographic methods such as RSA and ECC. Against this background, ATHENE deals with the analysis, development and implementation of new types of cryptographic procedures that will both withstand the computing power of a quantum computer and be secure against classic attacks.

Research Goals of CRYPTO

Goal 1

The first overall goal of the Mission CRYPTO is to evaluate and assess existing cryptographic schemes. This refers to all relevant aspects, especially security, efficiency, and integration.

Goal 2

The second overall gaol is to improve existing schemes. This again puts a strong focus on the security guarantees and the efficiency, as well as the deployment.

Goal 3

The third overall goal is to design new cryptographic schemes. If we identify the lack of satisfying options, then the goal is to fill this gap with strong solutions.