America Urged to Prepare for Shift to Post-Quantum Cryptography

America Urged to Prepare for Shift to Post-Quantum Cryptography

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has teamed up with the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to release a roadmap on the best way for organizations to navigate the transition to post-quantum cryptography.

The guide provides relevant stakeholders with achievable steps they can take to reduce the risks related to the advancement of quantum computing technology.

"While quantum computing promises unprecedented speed and power in computing, it also poses new risks.  As this technology advances over the next decade, it is expected to break some encryption methods that are widely used to protect customer data, complete business transactions, and secure communications," said a DHS spokesperson.

"DHS’s new guidance will help organizations prepare for the transition to post-quantum cryptography by identifying, prioritizing, and protecting potentially vulnerable data, algorithms, protocols, and systems."

Under the new roadmap, organizations are encouraged to follow a seven-step plan that will enable them to hit the ground running when NIST completes its ongoing process to create a new post-quantum cryptography standard. 

Actions that organizations "should consider" include taking stock of their current cryptographic systems and the data being protected, and prioritizing systems for transition.

"Organizations should

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