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IBM President Jim Whitehurst Explains IBM’s New Quantum Security, ‘Choice’ in Cloud

By IQT News posted 03 Dec 2020

(WRAL.TechWire) IBM President Jim Whitehurst spoke on CNBC Monday to discuss the release of new products designed to protect data from the threat of quantum computing hackers and Big Blue’s advantage of “choice” in cloud computing.
Whitehurst said IBM’s quantum offerings announced moments earlier are designed to secure data now from threats in the future.
“There’s a real concern that threat actors are stealing data today knowing that in the future … they can use quantum to break [encryption],” the former CEO of Red Hat explained.
The new IBM offerings include what it calls Quantum Safety Cryptography Support and Extended IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services.
You don’t have to worry about encrypting data and it being stolen five years from now,” Whitehurst, who led Red Hat through the $32 billion acquisition by IBM last year, said.
IBM bought Red Hat as part of a strategic plan to expand cloud offerings, including “hybrid cloud” which offers a mix of on-site and off-site access to data. The tech giant, which recently won a share of a big cloud contract from the CIA, also has made two acquisitions recently that it says will boost cloud efforts.

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