As we stand on the cusp of a quantum revolution, our conventional methods of encryption, data security, and information processing face an unprecedented threat. In this era, quantum computers can potentially untangle the basis of our digital security, rendering current encryption solutions obsolete. Post-quantum solutions are cryptographic strategies designed to boost the security of digital communications and data protection in an era when quantum computers pose a potential threat to existing encryption methods.

In this regard, the GICP group at CSIC commences its participation in the QUBIP project, which aims to seek improvements to the security of communications in the realm of quantum computing. The project will explore the evolution of pre-quantum solutions into hybrid solutions that allow a smooth transition between current asymmetric and digital signature solutions and post-quantum solutions. The goal is to seamlessly fit these new security layers into our existing frameworks, creating a harmonious coexistence of old and new, all while adding a layer of protection to new threats.

Post-quantum hybrid solutions combine both classical encryption algorithms and new, quantum-resistant cryptographic techniques. This approach ensures that even if quantum computers become powerful enough to compromise classical encryption, the security of the communication or data remains intact due to the resilience of the quantum-resistant component. By blending the strengths of classical and post-quantum cryptography, these hybrid solutions offer a pragmatic and forward-looking approach to safeguarding sensitive information in an evolving threat landscape.

QUBIP’s main goal will be achieved by reaching a triple transition

  • A Quantum-secure IoT-based Digital Manufacturing, focusing on building a Trust in Data solution, what is essential for autonomous decision making while getting the most advantage out of these systems. The overarching goal is to enhance European technological sovereignty by developing non-proprietary hardware implementations using RISC-V cores.
  • A Quantum-secure Internet Browsing to enable quantum-secure browsing on the World Wide Web.
  • A Quantum-secure Software Network Environments for Telco Operators by exploring the hybridisation of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and PQC to create a Universal Quantum-secure Key Distribution (UQKD) layer feeding IPSec endpoints.

GiCP participates in this project to deliver its expertise in the design and standardization of applied cryptography to prove a basis for quantum-safe communications under hybrid solutions. For more information, please visit: