Quantum Computing and Quantum-based Cryptography May be Defining the Future of Warfare

The US is unprepared for space cyberwarfare

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+  The future of warfare will be defined by emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum-based cryptography, quantum computing and the evolution of space-based internet infrastructure.

The Royal Institute’s report contends that the extent of the present gap between U.S. space cybersecurity and the existing threat is such that our satellite network should be considered already compromised and efforts should focus on resilience measures and a sense of urgency regarding the development of advanced techniques to identify and respond to the ever-increasing number of cyberattacks.

+  The Chinese military considers “space dominance” a prerequisite for “information dominance.” As part of China’s AI effort, Beijing has invested vast sums of money into quantum technological development and is coupling it to an extremely ambitious space program. Chinese strategists regard the ability to use space-based systems, and to deny them to the enemy, as “central to modern warfare.”

+  America’s answer to China’s quantum computing threat resides in lattice-based cryptography, which can provide algorithms that are secure from quantum-computing attacks. It is also the only post-quantum encryption option that is also fully homomorphic; that is, allowing computation on encrypted data without ever exposing that data. That feature is especially important when large data sets are involved, such as efforts to advance machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Source:  DefenseNews.  Lawrence Sellin,  The US is unprepared for space cyberwarfare…

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