Quantum Xchange’s top five quantum technology predictions for 2022

By IQT News posted 10 Jan 2022

(QuantumXchangeBlog) Quantum Xchange has published its top five quantum technology predictions for 2022. This continues the Quantum Xchange series of popular blog posts that featured top five quantum technology predictions for 2020 and 2021. This year, the list takes a broader view and look at the increasing role quantum technologies will play in the overall cybersecurity landscape. Here are five predictions to consider.

1. Preparing for the Great Migration Begins Now
In a few short months, NIST will publish its final selection of Post-Quantum Cryptographic protocols to be used as the basis of the new standards. This will ignite the largest crypto migration in the history of computing and call for a multiyear project reaching all levels of the organization. Learn more here and start your planning today with this two-minute assessment.

2. Failure to Act Could Have Regulatory and Insurance Ramifications
Organizations that fail to begin their post-quantum transition could be viewed unfavorably by sector regulators and insurance underwriters. The cost of cyber insurance has skyrocketed in recent years, with prices rising 96% in the US for the third quarter of 2021.

3. MSPs a Major Target for Attack
Shoring up the supply chain has never been so important. Devastating attacks like SolarWinds demonstrate the potential weakness and vulnerabilities when third-party vendors bring poor security hygiene practices into your enterprise.

4. Home Networking Ripe for Intrusion
Experts agree that remote worksites and flexible workspaces will persist after the pandemic recedes. Home networks will be more attractive to bad actors as they are much easier to exploit than a professional secured enterprise IT environment. The new work normal underscores the importance of using strong cryptography to protect sensitive information traveling out of the enterprise and to the network’s edge.

5. Modern Moonshot – China and National Security Concerns
The U.S.-China “Sputnik-like” race for quantum leadership will continue to heat up in 2022 having a rippling effect across the public and private sectors. While the U.S. has focused its efforts on advancing the development of a commercial quantum computer, China has invested heavily in quantum communications devoting $10B on quantum technologies (U.S. only $1 Billion), including their own QKD system to protect their networks from harvesting attacks. Our adversary’s interest in space-based quantum communications via its Micius Satellite has national-security ramifications, pushing the NRO to declare U.S-owned, U.S.-operated, U.S.-controlled preference for the procurement of commercial imagery.

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