(TechRepublic) Dr. Ali Kaafarani, research fellow at Oxford’s Mathematical Institute and founder of PQShield, is interviewed here by Tech Republic.
Dr. Kaafarani voices concern, “The scale of the quantum attack is just too big to imagine.” He perceives a disconnect between the scale of the threat and the current cyber-readiness of most businesses in 2020.
“The most important part of what we’re doing is to educate the market.”
Kaafarani is a former engineer at Hewlett-Packard Labs and leads a team of 10 full-time quantum cryptographers, from what he estimates to be a worldwide pool of just a hundred or so.
Kaafarani also perceives an issue with the current attitudes to remediating cyberattacks, which he likens to applying a band-aid to a repeating problem.
“That’s why we started PQShield – to fill in this gap, to lead the way to a smooth and secure transition to the quantum era. There is a real opportunity here to get things right from the beginning.”

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