February 2021

This month:

  • Updates to the Oracle JRE & Crypto Provider
  • The current state of Post-Quantum Cryptography
  • Are Zero Knowledge Proofs really useful?
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Keystores but were afraid to ask...

Updates to the Oracle JRE & Crypto Provider
Looking at the planned updates on Oracle's roadmap for 2021, we see that there are going to be changes to the way that cryptography is supported. These include TLS, PKCS#12 and how JARs are verified.

The current state of Post-Quantum Cryptography
The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) has published a report on the current state of the standardization process for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC). It suggests things that can be implemented now to ensure your data stays protected. A useful early step in preparing for PQC is building a cryptography inventory.

Are Zero Knowledge Proofs really useful?
There is renewed interest in Zero Knowledge Proofs (ZKP) thanks to their unique way of guaranteeing that knowledge or information exists while ensuring that information is kept private from a third party, or even the verifier. ZKPs have recently been used to manage contract tracing for COVID-19 cases, but they also have some useful applications for banking that may change how widely adopted they become.

Everything you ever wanted to know about keystores, but were afraid to ask...
Following on from the success of the PKCS#11 series of videos on our YouTube channel, we have been working on a series about keystores. Episodes 1-3 cover JKS, JCEKS and PKCS#12, with more to follow in the coming weeks.

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Best,
Graham and the Cryptosense Team