CISA: Organizations Must Work Together to Prepare for a New Post-Quantum Cryptographic Standard to Defend Against Future Threats

Quantum computing opens up a world of new possibilities, however, the ramifications of this new tech will include threats to current cryptographic standards.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning government and critical infrastructure entities (both private and public) to act now to prepare against emerging cyber threats with the onset of quantum computing.  

What is Quantum Computing? 

Quantum computing is a rapidly-emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers, according to IBM. By leveraging quantum mechanics, these powerful computers utilize qubits (or “quantum bits”) in place of Binary bits in order to attain greater computing power and speed.  

There are many advantages to quantum computing, including:  

  • Faster computations: quantum computers can potentially provide computational power that is unmatched by traditional computers
  • Solve complex problems: quantum computers can allow many calculations to be done at the same time and solve extremely complicated calculations easily
  • Best for simulations: quantum computers are the best for data simulation computing, algorithms created can simulate a large variety of things and can mimic many complex systems

Quantum Computing Holds New Security Risks 

Quantum computing also presents major risks – the most significant security risks are associated with cryptographic encryption. The global internet economy relies on cryptography as the foundation for a secure network. The complex algorithms used to create public and private keys to decrypt encrypted data do not hold up in a quantum environment, according to AT&T Cybersecurity. With cryptographic encryption, anyone who wants to see an encrypted file must have the key or unique code in order to unlock it. Quantum computers have the potential to break encryption algorithms, and in the wrong hands, these powerful quantum computers could threaten U.S. national security.  

A Security Solution Built for the Future  

Eclypses MTE technology is a security of the future and does not require public or private key sharing to work. Since MTE technology is not session based, there is no need for handshaking at the start of every session, which reduces the attack surface for quantum computing. Also, since MTE technology is not encryption, there is no encryption key that can be brute forced for each transmission, thus taking away the advantage quantum computing brings.  

“CISA continues to warn us of this impending threat and urges business leaders to start preparing for post-quantum cryptography. At Eclypses, we are confident that our MTE technology will help you prepare and get ahead of this,” comments Eclypses Chief Development Officer, Tim Reynolds. Recently, CISA advises that early preparations will ensure a smooth migration to the post-quantum cryptography standard once it is available.  

Reach out to our team at Eclypses to see how our MTE technology fits into your existing systems and will help you stay ahead of future cyber threats: