AFCEA Atlanta Homeland Security Session: Quantum Computing and Its Impact on Cybersecurity

  • Room: Innovation Theater, Marquis Ballroom C/D
Wednesday, September 07, 2022: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Shivaji Sengupta
Board Member and Chair of Innovative Technology Subcommittee, AFCEA International
Founder and CEO, NXTKey Corporation
Elizabeth Iwasawa, Ph.D.
Quantum Technology Lead
Leidos Innovation Center
Nick Reese
Deputy Director for Emerging Technology Policy
Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security


Quantum computing’s ability to solve complex problems that are beyond the capabilities of the traditional computer renders it exceptional. While the quantum research community applauds the accelerated rate at which quantum computers are being developed; it is also a threat considering it can unravel the algorithms behind the encryption keys that protect the assets we hold most dear (like our data and the internet’s infrastructure).  It is estimated that within the next 3-5 years quantum computers will be able to break a 2048-bit number.  This remarkable breakthrough continues to erode the timeline, demonstrating the hastening approach of a new paradigm in security.

It is inevitable that threats will accompany this paradigm shift, it is also worth understanding what that threat might look like in reality and where will it come from.  While much research still needs to take place, it is certain that the greatest risk will come from the data that must retain its secrecy well into the future.  The data being referred to includes National Security Data, Banking Data, PII data, Health data, Intellectual Property, etc. This panel will outline challenges and solutions impacting the Government and industry related to quantum computing.

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