What’s next for quantum computing and cybersecurity?

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A CNBC headline last month caught my eye: The race for new computing technology is heating up — and Asia is jumping on the trend.

I immediately wanted to know: What technology?

The answer came in the first summary bullet point: “Japan has made key strides in the quantum computing race, India has developed its own strategy for the technology, and debates are swirling over whether China has passed the United States on certain fronts”.

WHY QUANTUM COMPUTING?

I have been intrigued by advances in quantum computing for several years. I wrote this blog on the subject in early 2020, before the pandemic took hold.

Here is an excerpt: “Last week, the Washington Post wrote that the American hatches plan to build a quantum internet that might be impossible to hack. The new network would complement the existing web, providing a more secure way to send and process information. »

So why am I so intrigued by this topic? As I quoted from the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2020, A quantum internet “would rely on the laws of quantum mechanics to control and transmit information more securely than ever before,” according to the DOE. The department’s 17 national laboratories will work on the secure network, which could be used for science, industry and national security.

Meanwhile, two weeks ago, Brookings.edu published this article on “How American Policymakers Can Enable Breakthroughs in Quantum Science”: “the field of quantum information science and technology (QIST ) is on the cusp of a series of breakthroughs that could finally bring quantum technology – and the great benefits it will likely bring with it – into the mainstream. But QIST’s progress is fragile, and sustaining these Progress requires investment and coordination from the U.S. government and a continued policy of openness to the scientists who will achieve these breakthroughs. …

“Just as federal investments from the 1960s through the 1980s incubated the breakthrough technologies that made today’s Internet possible, American policymakers now have the opportunity to facilitate major advances in quantum computing – and to make them as widely available as possible.As with the Internet, the development of a quantum Internet and associated systems like quantum computers and quantum sensors should initially aim to provide new capabilities for scientists and other researchers to make new discoveries To this end, it is important to provide open access to those wishing to use federally funded infrastructure for research Private companies have an important role to play in making open platforms available for computing quantum, like IBM’s quantum experiment.

A more recent piece to highlight comes from Fed Tech Magazine“Much of the budget growth is for activities related to the National Quantum Initiative Act, enacted in 2018. This includes the establishment of quantum consortia by the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes by the National Science Foundation; National Quantum Information Science Research Centers by the Department of Energy; and coordinating and strengthening core QIS programs across multiple agencies, according to the report.

QUANTUM COMPUTING AND CYBERSECURITY

Many reports describe the potential impacts of quantum computing on the cyber industry. This article describes how to prepare now for a post-quantum world.

Here is an excerpt: “So how does a company prepare for post-quantum? First, don’t wait for NIST to publish their standard. Now is the time to prepare for the post-quantum. Start by determining what data is most likely to be sought by cybercriminals. …

“Keeping in mind the amount of important/vulnerable data, a strategy should be developed to address the business priorities of using quantum strong encryption. Next, develop your quantum-resistant encryption priorities while planning your infrastructure upgrade for the next few years. »

FINAL THOUGHTS

There are some tech topics we need to keep checking on to see advancements and next steps, like self-driving vehicles, metaverse, and artificial intelligence.

And quantum computing must remain at the top of the list throughout the 2020s.

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