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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Special Studies: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Dennis Guster

Second Advisor

Kevin Haglin

Third Advisor

Renat Sultanov

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Quantum Computing, Encryption, Radioactive Decay, Quantum Mechanics, Information Security


The future in how computing is done is heading in the direction of quantum computing given that the space used to store information is finite. Data will eventually be encoded using particles that are on the atomic scale. Objects of these scales are governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. Computing can be done exponentially faster using the properties provided by quantum mechanics. Unfortunately, the increase in computing power creates a security risk for modern encryption standards. Thus, to continue the transfer of data securely one must look to innovative encryption methods that protect information from the speed of quantum computers. This paper is focused on a method that secures information using radioactive decay events in conjunction with an encryption algorithm. The main purpose of this method is the develop an encryption device that holds quantum properties and is interfaceable with a computer system.


I would like to thank Dr. Dennis Guster, Dr. Kevin Haglin, Erich Rice, Karthik Paidi, and Dr. Renat Sultanov for all of their help and continued support in the completion of this project.