(NextGov.com) There are pragmatic ways to prepare for quantum technology which has now advanced to the point that we know it will have a significant impact on how information is computed, what types of encryption are useful, and even how we securely communicate.
Preparing for the coming quantum world isn’t so much about giant quantum leaps in technology procurement or organizational change. Instead, it’s more about doing the basics well, like: 1) practicing good cyber hygiene, 2) educating the workforce, and 3) collaborating across government
1) Good cyber hygiene practices such as using strong passwords or avoiding phishing schemes can help make sure your sensitive data stays where you want it and away from unscrupulous hands.
2) Integration. As quantum tech develops, organizations will need to think carefully about the new tech’s integration and use. This ultimately means leaders knowing what data they have, how it’s stored and secured, what encryption is used, and what data loads their systems can handle.
3) Quantum savvy. Government leaders don’t need to pursue a PhD in quantum mechanics, they should have basic knowledge of the technology, its progress, and its expected impact on their organization. Education and research should extend beyond the C-suite level through research and education programs throughout the organization.