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Post-Quantum Cryptography Becoming Relevant in Pre-Quantum World

March 19, 2019 / Frank Ohlhorst

Quantum computers will be able to instantly break the encryption of sensitive data protected by today's strongest security, warns Arvind Krishna, director of IBM Research. "Anyone that wants to make sure that their data is protected for longer than 10 years should move to alternate forms of encryption now," said Krishna. Krishna was speaking at IBM’s Think 2019 event held in San Francisco, offering insights into what the real world impact of Quantum computing can potentially have on today’s cryptography methodologies. Insights that should create concern for the users of existing cryptographic methods. That very subject was also a topic of conversation at the DigiCert Security Summit 2019, which took place in Las Vegas two weeks prior to IBM’s event, where DigiCert announced that it was developing Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) technology. The threat is very real, and The National Institute of Standards (NIST) predicts that within the next 20 or so years...