(NextGov) The Department of Homeland Security partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in releasing guidance entities should implement now to protect themselves from the looming potential threat of quantum computing.
“Quantum computing will be a scientific breakthrough. It is also expected to pose new data privacy and cybersecurity risks,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a press release Monday. “Now is the time for organizations to assess and mitigate their related risk exposure.”
“As we continue responding to urgent cyber challenges, we must also stay ahead of the curve by focusing on strategic, long-term goals,” Mayorkas said. “This new roadmap will help protect our critical infrastructure and increase cybersecurity resilience across the country.”
The roadmap recommends organizations conduct an inventory of their systems to determine which ones will be vulnerable in a post-quantum computing world and includes pointers for prioritizing their protection.
As this technology advances over the next decade, it is expected to break some encryption methods that are widely used to protect customer data, complete business transactions, and secure communications,” according to the press release. “DHS’s new guidance will help organizations prepare for the transition to post-quantum cryptography by identifying, prioritizing, and protecting potentially vulnerable data, algorithms, protocols, and systems.”