How Is The Emergence Of Quantum Computing Changing The Landscape Of IT?
Quantum computing is an emerging technology that uses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve complex problems which our computers today cannot. The scary thing is whether we realize it or not quantum computing is just around the corner and we aren’t paying attention to the threat it possesses. This situation has created a gaping hole in the industry – “Quantum hackers and the race to stop them”. Within IT we constantly find ourselves on the backend of fixing issues that have already happened, this is why IT companies have been working to push this trend towards being more proactive. This change limits downtime which is inversely related to productivity. The emergence of quantum computing now threatens to reverse the polarity of this trend and decimate years of effort.
What happens next?
Some companies do not have the budget to invest in research on upcoming technology trends, especially in the realm of something as relatively new as quantum computing. Luckily the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology has made this process easier by selecting 4 quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms. This algorithm now gives businesses a chance to protect themselves from what is yet to come. Imagine that in a couple of months scientists in New York predict the whole metropolitan area will deal with a new type of acid rain that will cause cars outside to erode on immediate contact. Since space in New York is already hard to find, there are not enough indoor parking spaces, and cars will end up being damaged. The government has decided to come to the rescue package and offer a free protectant spray that will protect your precious car. Would you pick it up? Anyone who values their car would. This should be the same for any business, we recommend business plan ahead so they don’t get caught flat-footed when the “acid rain” starts pouring.
How to plan ahead
Don’t be alarmed because this process of creating an actual quantum computer capable of executing large-scale attacks is still many years away. So, there is time before you have to focus on getting that protective spray on your car; however, this is a good time to start the conversation with your IT department about where this topic should be in your 5–10 year business plan. With a plan, you can rest assured that your business will be protected now and in the future.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about how your business can be protected against future threats, do not hesitate to reach out to us!