IBM Formulates Quantum Safe Strategies
January 17, 2023
The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), IBM’s thought leadership
think tank, has published its
Security in the Quantum Era report.
This in-depth analysis of the quantum security landscape unveils the
need for “quantum-safe” strategies today to maintain the integrity and
security of highly sensitive data in the future. Additionally, the
report maps out a clear path as to how organizations can work across
their ecosystem to protect data from cybercriminals tapping into the
power of quantum computers.
IBM security and cryptography experts provide clear actions on how
Prepare for potential quantum threats by educating teams on
quantum-safe cryptography, such as the new algorithms identified by the
U.S. National Institute of Technology, and how businesses can identify
near-term and achievable cryptographic goals.
Discover potential vulnerabilities by using quantum-safe cryptographic
assessments, including how to place an ecosystem on a common approach to
Transform operations by performing analyses which can spot cryptographic
dependencies between business-critical systems that might leave data
Observe the threat landscape by developing a dashboard to promote
visibility and observability.
According to the report, “Over the next several years, widespread data
encryption protocols, such as public key cryptography standards like RSA
and ECC, could become vulnerable. In fact, any classically encrypted
communication which could be wiretapped is at risk, potentially already
exposed to exfiltration, with the intention of harvesting that data once
quantum decryption solutions are viable.”
“Considering that the digital economy is estimated to be worth $20.8
trillion by 2025, the repercussions could be staggering,” according to
World Economic Forum, August 17, 2022.
related to national security, infrastructure, medical records, and
intellectual capital can retain or increase in value over time. As such,
cybercriminals can employ “harvest now, decrypt later” strategies to
steal data which could be decrypted once quantum computers reach a
critical mass. Additionally, cryptography is used to secure highly
complex and critical infrastructure networks and global digital
ecosystems, all of which could take decades to secure against quantum
To learn more about why it is imperative that sensitive data must be
secured today against future quantum attacks and how this can be
achieved, download “Security in the quantum computing era”.
IBM has spent years building a global team of top cryptography experts
to develop quantum-safe schemes and preparation plans. Just in the last
year, IBM has deployed the industry’s first quantum-safe system, IBM
z16; launched a suite of IBM Quantum Safe services; contributed to the
development of three of the four algorithms chosen by NIST for
post-quantum cryptography standardization; and became a founding member
of the GSMA Post-Quantum Telco Network Taskforce.