Cryptography: ERC Consolidator Grant for KIT Researcher
In the digital era, requirements on cryptography increase. Cloud computing and big data require solutions that are not only secure, but also practicable. Under the project “PREP-CRYPTO: Preparing Cryptography for Modern Applications,” Dennis Hofheinz of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) develops new systems combining established cryptography methods with new elements. The European Research Council (ERC) will fund this project with about EUR 2 million in the next five years.
“In times of cloud computing and big data, cryptography is far more than secure communication,” Hofheinz explains. While past work focused on sending encrypted messages, the challenge today is to provide agreed access rights to and processing options of data while ensuring data security. In this way, providers, such as outsourced computing centers, may be enabled to make calculations and carry out data processing based on sensitive, encoded data of companies or private persons without having to decode these data before. Thus, data security is ensured.
Further information in the Press Release 176/2016.