A QKD-based digital archiving solution providing everlasting confidentiality and integrity

16.06.2016, 11:00 – 12:00

2016/06/16 11:00-12:00

Speaker: Matthias Geihs | Location: Hochschulstraße 10 (S2|02), Piloty Building, Room B002, Darmstadt

Organizer: Prof. Johannes Buchmann / Prof. Melanie Volkamer


With increasing digitization, the amount of archived data that requires long-term protection of confidentiality and integrity increases rapidly. Examples include electronic health records, genome data bases, and tax data. We present the first archiving solution that provides everlasting confidentiality and, at the same time, maintains a proof that the data were not changed since they were archived. For confidentiality protection, our solution combines quantum key distribution (QKD) for data in transit and proactive secret sharing for data at rest. Proofs of existence are generated using sequences of timestamped unconditionally hiding commitments. In addition to a security and performance analysis, a proof-of-concept implementation and an experimental evaluation is presented. The implementation uses the QKD platform of the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology of Japan.

Short Bio

Website of Mathias Geihs at TU Darmstadt.