Quantum technology will have huge implications for cybersecurity

July 29, 2021

There’s no doubt that quantum computing is the next big thing – this emerging technology is set to radically change how our computers and devices function. Quantum computing is far more powerful and efficient than even today’s supercomputers and will surely unlock the next phase of technological capabilities. However, as with most technological advancements, this could also potentially cause some major cybersecurity concerns, the likes of which we haven’t grappled with before.

Quantum computing is powered by quantum particles, or qubits, which function differently than normal particles do. Originally theorised by Albert Einstein, qubits defy traditional physics rules and can jump forward and back in time or even exist in two places at once. This means that quantum computers can process 0s and 1s at the same time, whereas traditional computers process them sequentially. Therefore, quantum computers are much more efficient as they don’t need as much time to process and solve problems.

Of course, this means that organisations will be able to up their cybersecurity by using quantum processing, allowing them to efficiently protect their digital assets. However, in the hands of cybercriminals, this could have the exact opposite effect, giving cyberattackers the ability to hack any seemingly secure asset.

There is much research and development that must be done in this area so we can fully and safely harness the power of quantum technology. That’s why ANGOKA is working with partners such as BT to quantum secure infrastructure such as 5G.

Of course, we may still have some time before the inevitable quantum takeover of our technology. However, the time to start preparing for such a shift is now – the more that organisations are prepared for this next phase of digital transformation, the easier the transition will be.

Emerging technologies, like quantum computing, are exciting not only in their conception but also in the way that they will improve our lives. But for these technologies to be successful and safe, cybersecurity needs to be considered – now.

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