Updated: Jun 9
If you were unaware, quantum computers have moved from research labs into the hands of the mass markets. We have reached the tipping point where quantum computers can outperform the capabilities of today’s classical computers. 2020 was the year known as the year of Quantum Supremacy and the point in time when computing fundamentally changed forever.
With Quantum Supremacy, it’s essential to understand what it does and, most notably, what it means to you. Quantum computing is rewriting the entire high-tech industry, and it opens up a new realm of security issues. Today’s quantum computers are a real threat to you, your privacy, and your security in this digital world. You might find it interesting to learn how much encryption is worth to our economy. It can potentially upset the $40 trillion online banking industry, the 3.3 trillion dollar e-commerce industry, and the 623.3 billion cloud computing market. Just three of the many marketplaces that rely on encryption that today’s quantum computers can break in seconds.
For those who are just learning about quantum computing for the first time, I would encourage you to spend 30 minutes watching this Ted Talk video here. In plain English, Craig Costello, Cryptographer at Microsoft, describes what a quantum computer does and the threat these new computers pose. As Microsoft’s head of cryptography states (Costello, 2019):
Anyone with access to a quantum computer will have the master key to unlock anything they like in our digital world.” Craig Costello – Cryptographer at Microsoft Corp. – Ted Talk: Will quantum computers defeat cryptographers?
Craig Costello doesn’t share that China & Russia are both ahead of the United States in the quantum race. As it stands, there is only one viable, tested, market-ready, and proven security solution against this threat. That’s Secured2 Corporation!
Everyone that depends on a secure internet is impacted by the new role quantum computing will play in breaking today’s encrypted systems. Researchers predicted that RSA 2048 encryption would be vulnerable to quantum computing hacking by 2031. Given the rapid acceleration of quantum computing and knowing that our adversaries have dumped billions to accelerate the marketability of quantum computing, it’s believed that quantum computing is a threat TODAY! The good news is that nation-states and large corporations primarily control quantum computers, but can these entities resist the temptation to use these machines, and more importantly, what is the risk to you? I believe the chances are incredibly high, and your privacy is at stake right now.
Quantum computing beating cryptographers isn’t a future problem, it’s a -right now- problem.
“What most people don’t understand is that a quantum computer is just one half of the encryption breaking story. Like Shor’s encryption-breaking algorithm, algorithms work on classical computers but get super-charged on quantum computers and have been a known way to break encryption for years. Most don’t know this, but today’s AES encryption has ‘no’ mathematical proof that it can secure data. Why? Because when AES 128 bit encryption was hacked, we needed more robust encryption, so we moved to AES 256, then Blowfish 448 bit encryption. The fear today is a quantum computer can use Shor’s factoring algorithm and break encryption in seconds, not weeks or months, as it does on today’s classical supercomputers. So, all a quantum computer does is take existing factoring algorithms like Shor’s and give them massive processing ability. Keep in mind that Shor’s algorithm is just one of many new factoring algorithms. Putting this into perspective, Google recently solved a calculation in 3 minutes and 20 seconds that would take Summit, the most powerful classical supercomputer, 10,000 years to calculate.
We cannot use math-based encryption solutions to meet the quantum threat. IBM, which uses advanced algebra to create long keys, or Microsoft, which uses geometric math to create long keys, are two solutions of many trying to keep ahead of the quantum computing advance. The challenge with these ‘new math’ solutions is ultimate; you must solve a problem or know a secret. There is an answer to these solutions that can be solved with enough computing power. It is their vulnerability. We don’t believe the math-based solutions the market is working on will work. We believe our approach of ‘physical data separation, data randomization, and physical verification’ is the answer to a quantum safe future.
We founded Secured2 to keep data safe and protect our friends, family & online way of life. Our team has developed and launched the only data security software that is truly quantum safe. Our ‘Shrink, Shred, Secure, Restore’ methodology protects data in a way that today’s math-based systems cannot. We have tested our product, and we can show you that it cannot be hacked because we can prove it, unlike math-based solutions that cannot. We are so confident in our data security we offer an indemnification warranty of up to $5M per customer if your data is breached while using our software. It’s backed by Lloyd’s of London.
Secured2 is already on the market and is rapidly building into the cloud platforms you use daily like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon to get them quantum ready & quantum safe. We are currently working with Foxconn to embed and deploy our solution into the electronics you purchase. I predict that soon you will see a ‘Secured2 quantum safe’ emblem on the electronics you buy, so you know you are protected.
I believe standardization will happen in time as solutions like Secured2’s proliferates and the market decides it’s the best path for our country. The international community will also play a part and will quickly get behind solutions that solve their problems like Secured2.
Quantum computing has moved from obscurity to reality. It’s here to stay; it works and is now a threat to our encrypted systems. From bank records e-commerce websites to your personal/business communication. Nothing is safe with quantum computers, but Secured2 has a solution to protect you.
The challenge is getting our security into the market quickly and into the things you use each day to protect you. The adage, “I don’t care about security because I don’t do anything bad and don’t care if someone gets my email,” will not hold in the future. My counter to that is, “would you still use the internet if you knew all your data was able to be read and taken anywhere and anytime.” Security does matter – you don’t know how much until it’s gone. We are there – and Secured2 is ready to protect you.
Written by: Daren Klum – CEO of Secured2 Corporation
Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic, “How much is Encryption Worth to the Economy?” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/how-much-is-encryption-worth-to-the-economy/458466/
Craig Costello, TedXSydney, “In the war for information, will quantum computers defeat cryptograhpers?” https://www.ted.com/talks/craig_costello_in_the_war_for_information_will_quantum_computers_defeat_cryptographers?language=en
Paul Rincon, BBC News, “Google claims ‘quantum supremacy’ for computer.”