September 21-24, 2020 | Virtual Conference and Vendor Forum

Preparing for the Quantum Era (W01b)

28 Apr 2020
13:30-17:00
Chesapeake Suite

Preparing for the Quantum Era (W01b)

As emphasized by the recent controversy about quantum supremacy, the quantum computer is already a reality. Although the timing of the arrival of a quantum computer capable of factoring large integers and therefore of breaking most existing public key cryptosystems is still under debate, the risk to our cybersecurity infrastructure is now real and steadily increasing. In order to prepare our cybersecurity framework to the quantum era, action must be taken today. The goal of this workshop is to provide information security professionals with the tools to assess, understand and answer this new threat.

The workshop comprises four sessions. We first present the quantum threat. We then introduce the notion of quantum risk assessment, to understand the possible impact of this threat on real systems. Finally we turn to possible solutions, which include both post-quantum cryptography and quantum technologies.