McAfee CTO: When Quantum Computing Threats Strike, We Won’t Know It
(SearchSecurity) McAfee CTO Steve Grobman believes we likely won’t know it when quantum computing systems are powerful enough to break current encryption protocols. Grobman explained “If a country was able to develop and successfully implement quantum computing for the purpose of breaking RSA encryption, they’re not going to tell anyone. . it is highly unlikely that we will actually be aware when they are successful.”
In this informative interview, Grobman says, “I think as a society, we should be worried.” He advises there are a few things that we need to do differently, ie., “we have to go faster.”
Grobman discusses two things he suggests be done: 1) From an industry perspective, we need to look at parallelizing our work to start looking at the protocol impact, and the product impact even before we make final decisions on things like the algorithms themselves. 2) Most important is to understand the difference between data sensitivity and data sensitivity over a time horizon.