If you have been following any of my posts over the past few months, you'll already know that there have been a flurry of recent quantum computing and quantum-resistant cryptography announcements from the NSA, Google, and IBM, to name a few.
You can now add Kaspersky Lab to the list of companies warning against the impending threat of quantum computers on today's cryptography. In the Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2015, they warn that "The cryptopocalypse is nigh." They go onto say that progress in quantum computing "signals a breakdown in the reliability of current crypto-standards and a need to design and implement ‘post-quantum cryptography’."
It's not to say that the common hacker will have a quantum computer capable of breaking RSA and ECC tomorrow, but enough progress has been made that it's not out of the realm of possibility that nation-states could have access to the technology before many companies can implement counter-measures. Luckily, there are quantum-resistant algorithms, including NTRU, which are available today. Implementing new crypto takes significant effort, so the time to work on this is now.
If you'd like to learn more about quantum computing and how it can render your crypto solutions useless, exposing all of your secrets, check out Security Innovation's webcast The NSA and the Quantum Computing Threat.
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