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The quantum computer revolution: here tomorrow, so we must prepare today

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+  Quantum computers will be revolutionary in their speeds, so much so that they can undermine the foundation of the internet’s security. They are not simply a technical curiosity to marvel at, but a revolution that requires us to plan for their arrival ahead of time, since they can undermine internet security.

+  We should adopt agile, integrated cybersecurity strategies now – including agile cryptography – to ensure we’re prepared for the age quantum computers will usher in.

+  We need to prepare now. This is how:

+  1. Make “security agility” part of your operational security doctrine. When purchasing cybersecurity in the next two to five years, tell your providers you want “crypto agility”, i.e. the seamless ability to swap to “quantum-resistant asymmetric cryptographic algorithms” when available.

+  2. Adopt quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms when available. Ideally, use a standard quantum-resistant algorithm several years before a quantum computer is thought to be available…

+  3. Inventory your data assets to see which ones need to be re-encrypted with quantum-resistance cryptographic algorithms. Some data is so valuable that it has a long shelflife (decades) and must be protected from those adversaries who would steal your encrypted data now and “break” it with quantum computers available in the future.

+  4. Awareness and education. Tell your colleagues what it’s all about and why they should care, making a distinction between three main topics: quantum computing (much faster computers);quantum-resistant cryptography (algorithms that need to be developed and adopted to prepare for the eventual computers); and quantum key exchange (a means to privately share information while detecting when it has been compromised).

Source:  WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.  Phil Quade,  The quantum computer revolution: here tomorrow, so we must prepare today…

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