A quantum response to next-gen cyber threats

PATRICK MARSHALL | February 6, 2019

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Computer security experts have sounded alarms that the power of quantum computers may make it possible to crack current advanced encryption standards (AES) that are used to protect highly sensitive data. The key vulnerability of current encryption standards -- including both the 256-bit AES and the 3,072-bit RSA -- lies not in their being uncrackable, but rather in the fact that cracking them would take too much time and resources to be feasible. The massive increases in processing power that quantum computers could provide, however, have cybersecurity experts warning that existing encryption standards could soon be worthless. Quantum Xchange, a communications company based in Bethesda, Md., says it has the answer to securely transferring critical data. The company is currently testing the first quantum-secured network in the United States -- dubbed Phio -- which carries quantum cryptographic keys over fiber-optic cable for organizations that are securely transferring critical data.

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