U of C developing cryptographic technology


POSTED AT 5:37 PM Thursday, January 25

The University of Calgary is at the forefront of developing new cryptographic technology that could make it almost impossible for hackers to steal information.

The university has hired Doctor Wolfgang Tittel, one of the world’s top quantum physicists.

His research uses a Quantum Theory called uncertainty to protect data.

When any data is encrypted it uses a key, similar to your bank machine password.

If someone steals that key your information is at risk.

The uncertainty theory says if something were observed it changes, so if your password were intercepted, it would immediately be useless.

Commercial applications of the technology are likely years away.

The technology being developed at the university is being tested in collaboration with SAIT Polytechnic Institute.

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