(Forbes) The United States Intelligence Community (IC) has predicted, expanded and diversified threats to U.S. national security, driven in large part by China and Russia. A report in their recent 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment revealed that cyberattacks are one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States, and they are increasing in size, sophistication and cost. One could say the U.S. is fighting wars at home and abroad, having to address vulnerabilities on diverse fronts.
It is imperative to go beyond the traditional way of securing networks and standard encryption. The stakes are getting higher, and the adversaries are getting smarter. For example, many are concerned about the implications when quantum computing may be able to break algorithms, the foundation for many encryption solutions. This is driving intense interest in advanced approaches, including quantum key exchange (QKE).
An article in the MIT Technology Review listed “breaking encryption using quantum computers” as one of the top five threats in 2019, saying “Security experts predict that quantum computers, which harness exotic phenomena from quantum physics to produce exponential leaps in processing power, could crack encryption that currently helps protect everything from e-commerce transactions to health records.”