While the cybersecurity world was focused on news and innovations from the annual RSA conference, SandboxAQ Senior Director Clément Jeanjean discussed current and future cybersecurity threats with Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli on the ITSP magazine podcast, The Past of the Future: Pioneering Decryption with AI and Quantum Physics.
SandboxAQ is at the forefront of the quantum revolution, leveraging quantum physics and AI to solve some of the world’s most complex problems – including the global challenge of migrating the world’s encryption from public-key to quantum-safe encryption and helping organizations achieve crypto-agility.
One of the key takeaways from the podcast was the timeline and risks associated with the arrival of quantum computers. Clément explained that while fault-tolerant quantum computers may not be available for 8 to 12 years, many organizations face significant challenges in migrating to post-quantum cryptography (PQC), which can take up to 10 years for mature organizations and possibly longer for less mature ones.
Recognizing this potential vulnerability, the public sector and companies across various industries, including financial services, healthcare, and telecommunications, are already starting to move towards quantum-safe cryptography to protect their sensitive data.
According to Clément, the critical first step is for companies to gain visibility and control over their cryptographic assets. Many organizations don’t have a clear understanding of their cryptographic inventory – what types are used, where they’re located, whether they’re current, or what dependencies exist. SandboxAQ’s new Security Suite is already helping large enterprises and government agencies build an inventory of their cryptographic assets and understand potential vulnerabilities, so they can create a migration plan and strengthen their overall cybersecurity posture.
The podcast goes into detail on other challenges -- such as how to determine which of NIST’s PQC algorithms will work best for their organization, the amount of time and investment needed to migrate, and more, including why it’s essential for organizations to start preparing now before quantum computers become a reality.
As you plan your migration to quantum-safe cybersecurity and crypto-agility, definitely listen to Clément's podcast and check out our other resources like this Nature white paper on “Transitioning Organizations to Post-Quantum Cryptography.”