04 Oct 2023 2 min read

‘All systems need to be hardened’: Officials, industry sound the alarm on quantum threat to encryption

/ Breaking Defense / 29 September 2023

As we move towards the era of quantum computing, it is essential for agencies and industries to start taking precautions against potential vulnerabilities in their software and hardware. While new “quantum resistant” encryption standards are currently being developed, they will not be finalized until next year. Therefore, it is wise to start hunting for any hidden vulnerabilities now.

One area that needs attention is embedded chips, especially those critical to US weapons. These chips play a crucial role in ensuring the security and functionality of our weapons systems, making them potential targets for malicious actors. As such, it is imperative to thoroughly examine these chips for any weaknesses that could be exploited by quantum computing capabilities.

This may seem like an overwhelming task, but it is important to remember that prevention is better than trying to fix a problem after it has already occurred. By being proactive and identifying vulnerabilities early on, agencies and industries can take the necessary steps to strengthen their defenses and protect against potential attacks.

It is also important for agencies and industries to stay informed about the ever-evolving landscape of quantum computing. As technology advances, so do the capabilities of quantum computers. It is crucial to stay updated on the latest developments and continue adapting security measures accordingly.

In conclusion, while the new “quantum resistant” encryption standards are still in development, it is never too early to start preparing for the potential threats posed by quantum computing. By being proactive and vigilant, we can ensure the security of our software, hardware, and critical systems. Let us not wait until it’s too late; let us take action now to protect our future.

Read the full article from Breaking Defense here.


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