A DigiCert study found that 55% of business Information Technology (IT) specialists are concerned about the impact of quantum computing on cryptography. The company explained in a statement that 71% consider this technology to be a threat in the future and “many” have heard of quantum computing, but few know what it is.

“Although it is a technology that is not widely used, physicists have been talking about quantum computing for more than 30 years. But how can this new computing help? Quantum computing will fundamentally increase processing power, which could mean exciting advances from particle physics to machine learning to medical science, “he noted. He added that companies can prepare for and anticipate the challenges that quantum computing poses, increasing the crypto-agility that identifies and replaces outdated cryptographic algorithms when necessary. Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) can also be identified to protect custom keys that are used in your public key infrastructure (PKI).

“That is why it is important for companies to investigate how they are being used, if they can be upgraded to support quantum security encryption and, if so, how quickly those upgrades could occur,” he said. He recommended relying on SSL / TLS certificates that allow website visitors to know that it is authentic and that the data they enter will be encrypted. “An important approach to preparing for post-quantum cryptographic threats is to gain encryption agility. A properly implemented AOSSL makes it easy to update encryption algorithms in response to future threats from quantum computing,” said Avesta Hojjati, Director of I + D from DigiCert.

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