Jaya Baloo, KPN’s CISO, said recently that quantum computing offers organizations a potentially exponential scalability when it comes to speed and computing power. This “quantum speed-up” poses serious risks to traditional cryptography, in that a current problem that would take “the lifetime of the universe” to solve could end up taking just a few seconds.
With commercial quantum computers potentially emerging in the next 10-20 years, information security professionals must act now. She said, “You need to ask yourself which threat model do you have and how long do you have to keep it safe? I need us all as an information security community to get our hands dirty now.”