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The future of encryption

With so much of our information now stored or processed in the cloud, how can we make sure our data is safe from unauthorized access? NSF is funding researchers working to develop new, more robust encryption technologies. The goal is that one day we can ensure security of important information wherever it may be: on our computers, mobile devices and even in the cloud.

Credit: Amina Khan, NSF

 

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"Honey encryption" describes a method where wrong guesses of a key produce information that looks accurate but isn't.

Credit: Amina Khan, NSF


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In 2010, Craig Gentry, a graduate student supported by NSF, thought of a new way to protect data. He called it fully homomorphic encryption: a way to process data without ever decrypting it.

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