By Mark Sutton
IBM Research has announced a new algorithm which will halve the time taken for encryption and authentication of e-business data.
A new security algorithm will halve encryption and authentication time, enabling much faster transmission speeds for encrypted data. At present, the encryption and authentication processes must be handled separately, but the new algorithm, created by Charanjit Jutla of IBM Research, allows the two steps to be combined, cutting encryption times in half.The new algorithm also allows encryption on parallel processor hardware. IBM research estimates that by using the new algorithm with parallel hardware encryption speeds of terabits per second will possible. The algorithm will most likely be deployed for securing Internet protocols, storage area network protocols, fibre optic networks and e-business applications.“Soon more than one million businesses and one billion people will be connected by perhaps a trillion mobile and embedded devices, making fast, efficient security more critical than ever,” said Charles Palmer, manager of network security and cryptography at IBM Research. “Encryption and authentication will continue to be the core building blocks for securing Internet communication and computer systems. By combining the two steps, this security algorithm will help accelerate e-business processes throughout the industry.”IBM is also pushing to have the algorithm accepted as an industry standard. It has been proposed to the National Institute of Standards (NIST) that it is used as standard way of securing communications in commercial settings.