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Learn about the risk of entropy starvation and how to strengthen random number generation across your enterprise

This white paper addresses the fundamental issues of entropy sourcing and random number generation. The paper addresses the following topics:

  • The role of entropy in generating random numbers
  • The need for true random numbers in key generation and cryptography
  • Methods to measure the performance of random number generators
  • How lack of entropy or entropy starvation impacts the quality of random numbers
  • Comparison of techniques to create entropy from mouse clicks to quantum mechanics

About the authors: Jane Northolt PhD and Richard Hughes PhD. are both retired research fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory. They co-founded the Quantum Communications Group at Los Alamos that conducted ground breaking research in the areas of cryptography, quantum computing and quantum based security systems.

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