The Dual Faces of Quantum Computing: Opportunities and Threats in National Security with Gina Scinta of Thales Trusted Cyber Technologies



Presented by Thales Trusted Cyber Technologies & Carahsoft

This interview originally appeared on Innovation in Government from DoDIIS.

Summary: In an engaging interview with Francis Rose, Gina Scinta, Deputy CTO of Thales Trusted Cyber Technologies, explores the implications of quantum computing in the defense, intelligence, and net sec communities. Scinta highlights the dual aspects of quantum computing: its potential to accelerate data analysis and its threat to cryptographic systems like PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). She emphasizes the urgent need for organizations to prepare for the quantum era by conducting crypto inventories and collaborating with technology partners on pre-certified algorithms and post-quantum crypto solutions. Scinta also notes the ongoing international race in quantum computing development, stressing the importance of being aware of and ready for the advancements of potential adversaries.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Quantum Computing's Accelerated Processing: Quantum computing will significantly enhance data processing speeds, but due to its complexity and cost, it will likely be accessed primarily through cloud services rather than personal devices.
  2. Threat to Cryptographic Systems: A major concern with quantum computing is its capability to break asymmetric encryption, highlighting the need for immediate preparation and transition to post-quantum cryptography.
  3. Preparation and Collaboration Are Key: Organizations need to inventory their cryptographic assets and collaborate with technology partners to integrate pre-certified algorithms. Participation in global consortia, like the project at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, is crucial for developing strategies to mitigate risks associated with quantum computing.

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