Quantum Safe Cryptography

Quantum Internet Outlook

Quantum Internet Outlook 2020

Fortunately preparations are well in hand to fix the Internet before large scale quantum computers can break it. But even in 2020, sensitive data intercepted and stored is already vulnerable to future attack. Companies must act to ensure they are not caught-out by the coming transition. In the longer term, the tantalising promise of the…

Quantum Landscape Outlook

Quantum Landscape Outlook 2020

The quantum race is truly underway as regions and nations vie to join the $1 billion club. 2020 will see geopolitical considerations increasingly hard to ignore as major national programmes chart their way forward. 2019 was a year of consolidation for national quantum programmes. Everyone wanted to boast about how much they are spending. Europe…

Quantum safe cryptography - waiting to save the world

Quantum safe cryptography – waiting to save the world

Future quantum computers will one day bring us many great benefits. Unfortunately they will also break many of the cryptographic protocols on which current Internet security depends. Google’s quantum supremacy breakthrough notwithstanding, this is still most likely many years off. However, sensitive data intercepted and stored today, or long lifecycle infrastructure could already be at…

Quantum Blockchain

Quantum enhanced blockchain – sooner than you think?

Future quantum computers will ultimately force blockchain solutions to adopt strengthened quantum safe crypto protocols. Rationally there remains plenty of time to act, but proponents need to get their transition stories in place to avoid being caught out as we near peak quantum hype. More positively, the nascent blockchain industry also stands to be among…

Seeding innovation in commercial quantum networks

Seeding innovation in commercial quantum networks

Next generation quantum key distribution is set to offer easier deployment on existing real-world infrastructure. The importance of partnering to offer end-to-end business services to early adopters is growing. The recent extension of the UK Quantum Network to the BT led tech cluster at Adastral Park is a powerful statement. Amid growing global competition, the…

Quantum Outlook

Quantum Outlook 2019

2018 has seen rising awareness of the future potential of quantum technology. 2019 is set to see quantum computing in particular at the peak of its hype cycle. Fact Based Insight believes that investors should take a wide view of the sector to find value in the short, medium and long term. The road to…

Quantum Safe Cryptography

The world is waking up to the need for quantum safe cryptography

A new quantum network has been launched in the UK and quantum initiatives are underway at telecom players SK Telecom, BT, Telefónica and Huawei – the world is starting to prepare in earnest for the advent of large scale quantum computers. Quantum computers promise to bring a remarkable range of benefits to industry and society. …

Quantum Strategy

Quantum strategies in the NISQ era

We are about to enter a new transitional phase in the development of quantum technology. Behind the headlines there are a diversity of strategies available for those wanting to get on board. In 2012 Caltech professor John Preskill coined the term quantum supremacy for the quest to demonstrate a calculation on a quantum device that…

Mosc D+T

A current business threat from future quantum computers

Commercial transactions on the Internet and routine cyber security depend on the effectiveness of public key cryptography. Quantum computers will make existing standards obsolete. The impact of this starts now. Estimates vary on when a quantum computer powerful enough to realise this threat will be built. A range of dates from 8 to 20 years…

Bitcoin

Quantum attacks on Bitcoin and how to protect against them

Academics argue that Bitcoin could be subject to attack from quantum computers by 2027. There are plenty of ways to meet this challenge, but given recent experience how easy will the Bitcoin community find it to organise its response? A new paper from Aggarwal, Brennen, Lee et al. starts by underlining the strength of Bitcoin’s main…