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ISARA Leads Discussion to Keep Government Data Safe from Looming Quantum Threat

Global leader in quantum-safe security to head panel 10th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit.

Press release from Isara
September 3rd 2019 | 1008 readers

Photo by Taskin Ashiq on Unsplash
Photo by Taskin Ashiq on Unsplash
As governments increasingly recognize the coming threat that quantum computers pose to the encryption that protects everything from military secrets to tax records, ISARA Corp., the world's leading provider of quantum-safe and crypto-agile security, will moderate a panel at this week's 10th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit on how to start building a defensive barrier to keep sensitive data safe.

"It's dawning on governments around the world that even with practical quantum computers several years away, the time to start building defenses against them is right now," said Paul Lucier, ISARA's vice president of sales and business development, who will moderate the panel "The Looming Quantum Threat to Encryption – Taking a Defensive Posture." Building a robust quantum-safe security infrastructure is a multi-year process and time may already be running short to protect some of the most sensitive data.

Quantum computers operate differently than classical digital computers, giving them vastly more processing power to solve difficult problems – including traditionally secure encryption algorithms. The U.S. government has recognized the urgency of this threat. In December 2018, the National Quantum Initiative Act allocated $1.2 billion to advancing quantum technologies. And in May 2019, the Department of Defense began seeking quantum-safe encryption solutions through the Defense Information Systems Agency.

"It's important that the national defense communities understand that while we await global standards, they can and need to start preparing by building flexibility, or crypto-agility, into their systems," Lucier said. "It is equally important that we begin those efforts now to prevent against quantum attacks without wholesale disruption to war-fighting capabilities. The pace of scientific and technological advancement will not allow us to wait much longer.''

The Billington panel will present perspectives on the looming quantum threat from industry leaders and government officials who are working to protect national security now and in the future. In addition to Lucier, panelists include:
  • Brent Hansen, federal CTO for cloud protection and licensing activity at Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data protection; and,
  • Ken McKinney, Col., USAF (Ret.), Vice President of Strategic Development at Hawkins Group LLC, a Washington-based digital security consultancy.
These thought leaders will discuss how quantum computing will affect security and why this threat poses a massive problem for the cybersecurity and defense and intelligence agencies. They will discuss potential solutions and offer actionable insights to begin preparing today.

Additionally, event attendees can meet with ISARA Corp. and Thales thought leaders in the Quantum Innovation Zone to ask their most pressing questions and get started on the path to quantum-safe security.

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1.Posted by David Warren on 09/04/2019 4:05 AM
There is already a mathematically proven quantum & AI secure encryption protocol available and under patent from Perpetual Encryption.
The primary issue is that the self proclaimed Doyenes of Security & Cryptography are doing their level best to ignore this because it fundamentally undermines everything they've been working in since Enigma.
Perpetual Encryptions Crypto Office (Helder Figueira) has effectively ripped up the last 40 years of pseudo and developed a protocol for the modern world that is true to Shannon's principles achieving perfect secrecy and it has scared the be-jesus out of the industry.

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