Survey Probes Security Professionals’ Perceptions about Impact of Quantum Computers and Urgency of Safeguards
(QuantumXChange.com) Quantum Xchange surveyed nearly 125 security professionals from around the world at the recent 2020 RSA Conference in San Francisco. The survey probed the professionals’ perceptions about the potential impact of quantum computers on existing encryption methods and the urgency of safeguarding systems from the looming quantum threat.
Here are the findings:
–54% of respondents believe nation-states will leverage quantum computing for attacks in the next two years;
–Three-quarters of security professionals at RSA said that quantum computers are already a threat to their organization or will be within 5 years, but most are not taking steps to protect their data;
–Despite the looming threat, only 32% of respondents’ organizations are investing the same amount or more than last year in quantum-safe technology;
–Seventy-two percent believe a crypto-agile infrastructure (the ability to layer-on additional quantum-safe crypto technologies without changing existing infrastructure) is needed to prepare for the quantum age.
QuantumXchange, excellent as always closes with this thought: adversaries and competitors are sitting on stockpiles of critical data and collecting more all the time. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and for enterprises and governments, there’s simply too much at stake to fail to prepare for the quantum computing era.