15 Oct 2021 2 min read

Congratulations, Sarah McCarthy: Cryptography Advisor, QuSecure

The Quantum Daily (TQD) has released a list of 52 women working as engineers or in positions requiring technical competence in quantum computing (QC) startups. The list, as usual, is non-exhaustive — it’s just a general map of what it is like out there, a rough compass to how women are changing the QC landscape.

We must include a shout-out to companies like 1QBit, ColdQuanta, HQS Quantum Simulations, Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech, and Riverlane for having three or more women on their books in these positions (or from what we know about). Okay, we know these figures look insignificant compared to the women Google and the other multinationals employ as engineers, but TQD believes they have a great inclusive attitude that is great for the industry.

QuSecure’s Cryptography Advisor, Dr Sarah McCarthy was named ‘One of 52 Wonder Women Working in Industry as Quantum Scientists & Engineers’ by TQD, August 2021. A Cryptography Advisor at QuSecure, a cybersecurity startup for the post-quantum era, Sarah McCarthy is a researcher of post-quantum cryptography and a specialist in post-quantum lattice-based cryptography.

McCarthy received her Ph.D. in Lattice-based Crypto at the Centre of Secure Information Technologies, Queen’s University Belfast and continued her postdoctoral research at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. McCarthy’s research contributes towards ensuring these lattice-based primitives are secure from both algorithmic and physical attacks and are lightweight enough to run on Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. For more information about her, check out Sarah’s personal website here.

According to an article on census.gov, women make up nearly 50% of the U.S. workforce, but only 27% of them are STEM workers. Although women are slowly gaining, men still dominate in the roles of scientists, engineers, and people in technical positions in the commercial quantum technology sector. More women are joining these professions and holding executive cybersecurity positions more than ever before, so hope remains high that this positive trend for women will continue. We can start by thanking startups and bigger players like Google, Microsoft, and IBM for employing more women.

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