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The Cloud Security Alliance release new research report: A Day Without Safe Cryptography

What would happen to our daily lives if our most commonly used methods of encryption were to suddenly disappear?

At last week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which is the world’s leading organisation dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, released its newest research report entitled “A Day Without Safe Cryptography”.

Authored by the CSA Quantum-Safe Security Working Group, the report highlights the importance of building and using encryption tools that will work as quantum computing accelerates into reality. It goes on to examine the consequences should the encryption tools on which we rely be rendered ineffective.

The effect of broken encryption tools and services cannot be overstated. If bad actors can overcome current defensive objectives, it will threaten every aspect of our daily social, business and governmental activities, the operational and economic impact of which may take years to rebuild,” said Bruno Huttner, Quantum-Safe Security Working Group co-chair and Director of Quantum Space Programs in the Quantum-Safe division of ID Quantique.

Those that are first to implement quantum-safe security will reap both the rewards of quantum computing, as well as see dramatically reduced costs for insurance and security defences.

Bruno Huttner

What does the paper explore?

The paper examines topics including:

  • What is quantum computing?
  • How will quantum computing place existing cryptography and encryption at risk?
  • What would our digital lives look like if bad actors use quantum computing to break encryption?
  • What will quantum-safe encryption look like and what are the next steps forward?

The work of the Quantum Safe Security Working Group addresses critical generation and transmission methods to help the industry understand quantum-safe methods for protecting their networks and their data. The Working Group examines two differing technologies: Quantum key distribution and Post-Quantum cryptography.

Download your copy: A Day Without Safe Cryptography

About the Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders.



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