How Quantum Computing Increases Cybersecurity Risks


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

Imagine you wake up one morning, assuming everything is as you left it the night before. But overnight, attackers with a quantum computer capable of breaking current cryptography standards have targeted millions of people and stolen their personal data.

Experts have estimated that a commercial quantum computer capable of breaking the cryptography we rely on today will be available by 2026. In fact, IEEE Spectrum reported last year that a quantum computer is close to cracking RSA encryption.

To many people, a nine-year timeline doesn’t sound alarming, and the consequences of not updating our security technology with quantum-safe solutions may not be clear. Here’s why the work to upgrade to quantum-safe security needs to start now to keep our data safe once quantum computers arrive.

Read the complete article on CSO.