To help society to anticipate and take precautionary measures in the face of the imminent crisis commonly referred to as “Quantum Apocalypse”, when most of the world encryption systems become vulnerable to cybercriminal state actors and private criminal organizations equipped with (or being able to timeshare) quantum computers.
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Cracking today's toughest encryption would take virtually forever today — but with the advent of quantum computers, experts are warning the process could be cut down to mere seconds.
And that kind of number-crunching power could have disastrous consequences if it were to land in the wrong hands.
"Everything we do over the internet today," Harri Owen, chief strategy officer at the company PostQuantum told the BBC, "from buying things online, banking transactions, social media interactions, everything we do is encrypted."
But quantum computers could allow bad actors to "clear bank accounts, to completely shut down government defense systems," Owen warned.
Ilyas Khan, chief executive of the Cambridge and Colorado-based company Quantinuum, agreed, calling encryption-busting quantum computers "a threat to our way of life" in an interview with the broadcaster.
Governments are already kicking into action to avoid the possibility of their adversaries gaining the upper hand. The US Commerce Department, for instance, recently blacklisted several Chinese firms, some of which were added because of their potential "ability to break encryption or develop unbreakable encryption."
Researchers at tech giants like Google and Microsoft hope to keep ahead of the trend by quantum-proofing important classified data.
The US National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) is also hoping to come up with a unified strategy to protect important data from the impending quantum apocalypse.
The quantum apocalypse is still likely many years out, if it happens at all. But in the meantime, researchers are racing ahead, trying to predict a future in which quantum computers crack today's encryption standards with ease.
The National AI & Cybersecurity ISAO, a program of the Tortora Brayda Institute (a California nonprofit 501c3), proposes the creation of a dedicated Task Force to help advance solutions toward resolving this challenge of evident importance to National Security
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Initially, the Task Force will meet on a quarterly basis for regular meetings. Additional working meetings will be proposed and held as needed.
Task Force Overview
For more details about the Quantum Critical Threshold Task Force, please download the overview document below.
To improve the cybersecurity posture of the United States and NATO member countries critical infrastructure within the midmarket, this includes both public and private entities.
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Task Force: Quantum Critical Threshold
To help society to anticipate and take precautionary measures in the face of the imminent crisis commonly referred to as “Quantum Apocalypse”, when most of the world encryption systems become vulnerable to Cybercriminal state actors and private criminal organizations equipped with (or being able to timeshare) Quantum Computers.
Learn more here
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