Academics from the Smart Card Center at the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London, are part of an international consortium focusing on developing the next generation TPM (Trusted Platform Module) – which is embedded into computing systems to make its host computer platform trustworthy and secure.
TPMs are currently incorporated into over a billion computers worldwide but the team working on the new H2020 Project ‘FutureTPM‘ will be focusing on developing next generation security solutions to mitigate against quantum computers. These computers are anticipated to be able to break some of the cryptographic algorithms currently used in existing TPMs.
Royal Holloway’s project activities will be led by Dr Daniele Sgandurra, who has received a grant of €375,065 from the European Commission to carry out the work alongside Professor Konstantinos Markantonakis, Professor Chris Mitchell, and Dr Elizabeth Quaglia, also from the ISG.
Dr Sgandurra said: “We are thrilled to be part of this project that will combine the expertise of high calibre industrial and academic partners from across Europe to develop quantum-resistant algorithms suitable for inclusion in future TPMs. We hope this project will positively affect people’s everyday lives, in terms of building their trust in securely using online services, such as online banking and Cloud storage.”
The FutureTPM project partners are:
Prof Konstantinos Markantonakis, Dr Raja Naeem Akram and Mr James Tapsell, worked successfully into the creation of a patent as a “Technique to record an event and its impact on the data during the lifetime of a data – specific to individual entities represented in the data.” The implementation helps in serving General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rights: Right to Access, Right to Forget, and Right to Rectification (with evidence).
RHUL has invested in further business analysis around the commercialisation opportunities of the technique developed at SCC. Furthermore, it has invested in building a commercial grade implementation of an MVP, in order to provide the stepping stone for commercialising the aforementioned patent.