Why are Washington lawmakers suddenly so interested in quantum tech? : Government

With increased investments in quantum technology by nation states such as China and Russia, the heat is on for the United States to start taking quantum seriously. Several bills have been proposed to fund quantum research and development in the private sector and academia. Winning the quantum race will require collaboration between allied nations, academia and the private sector.

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The following is an excerpt from a contributed opinion piece on Journal of Cyber Policy by Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder of ISARA Corporation.

The dawn of the quantum computing era promises to fundamentally change the way we approach big problems – from researching cures for cancer to alleviating traffic in urban centers. But – and this is a very significant but –  large-scale quantum computing also has the potential to create catastrophic problems if we don’t take steps now to ensure that data such as financial transactions, medical histories and government records are protected with quantum-safe encryption.

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On The CyberWire Daily Podcast, Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-founder of ISARA Corporation, discusses the threat that quantum computing poses to encrypted data. To listen, please visit The CyberWire.    

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US Representative Will Hurd compares the Nuclear Age to the Quantum Age to make clear the power that this age of computing will bring. He describes the severity of attacks by individual hackers and emphasizes the how much greater the impact will

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What is a cryptographic certificate?
Cryptographic certificates are used to prove a person’s, system’s, company’s or other entity’s identity. Today, cryptographic certificates are based on public key cryptography, and are also known as a “digital certificate” or “identify certificate”, which is an electronic document whose contents can prove the ownership of a piece of information called the “public key”. A certificate functions somewhat like a passport or identity card, in that the counterparty can be reasonably assured of the person holding the certificate’s true identity. This assurance is achieved through the use of a cryptographic function, which is a mathematical operation, the results of which validate the identity of the certificate holder.

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Since the 1970s, the technology industry has built a trust system rooted in public key cryptography which allows our transactions and communications to be properly authenticated. But within a decade, a large-scale quantum computer will break this system requiring a seamless (and “great”) migration to the next-generation of cybersecurity: quantum-safe cryptography.

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In recent years the United States has experienced the impact of sophisticated nation-state hackers’ work on the power grid. Author Idalia Friedson explains, “For two years, highly experienced hackers infiltrated and studied the U.S. electric grid, ultimately gaining the ability to cause blackouts on American soil. Cybersecurity firm Symantec first reported the threat in September, while CrowdStrike and […]

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Author Jack Nicas provides insight into the workings of a qubit existing in superposition and the ability quantum computers will have to transform entire industries, “from science and medicine to national security.” Scott Totzke, CEO & Co-Founder of ISARA Corporation, furthers the discussion stating that “Nobody is saying never any more. We are in the very, […]

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s recent acceptance of quantum-safe encryption certificates from ISARA, the leading provider of security solutions for the quantum computing age, highlighted the vital role Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) plays in bringing Canadian technological advances to the global marketplace.

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ISARA, the leading provider of security solutions for the quantum computing age, announced today that the International Telecommunications Union has accepted its proposal to support multiple public-key algorithm certificates as a new feature for inclusion in the next version of the widely-used X.509 global standard – establishing ISARA as one of the first to develop an international standard in quantum-safe certificates.

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