IoT and The Quantum Threat. What To Do?


The following is an excerpt from a contributed opinion piece on ITSP Magazine by Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-Founder of ISARA Corporation.

These days, every report on the Internet of Things (IoT) reminds us that we are continuing to increase our connectivity to the Internet through everyday appliances, sensors, and wearables, despite rampant security risks. In fact, the latest report from the Pew Research Center on the steady rise in IoT use declares that already “49% of the world’s population is connected online and an estimated 8.4 billion connected things are in use worldwide.”

Many IoT experts surveyed by Pew are predicting that, by 2026, ubiquitous connectivity won’t be a choice but a necessity, with most people unaware of how connected they are or how much data they’re sharing. 2026 is the same date many quantum computing experts are predicting a quantum computer will be able to break today’s security—and that level of IoT adoption coinciding with the availability of a quantum computer to attackers could be catastrophic.

Read the complete article on ITSP Magazine.