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SXSW 24 New Cold War- Global Threat Actors Will Have Access to Quantum Computers

SXSW 24 New Cold War- Global Threat Actors Will Have Access to Quantum Computers

By: Rex M. Lee, Privacy Advisor and Tech Journalist for My Smart Privacy

Is quantum computing the next frontier of modern technology? Some say it will change the world, but others fear the risks. A single quantum computer could break all modern encryption systems according to experts at MIT, plus numerous government agencies. Given the rising cyber threat posed by China, how can the United States safeguard its data?

At SXSW 24 I was able to cover a lot of sessions, and the most important session I covered was conducted by futurist and author, Jason Schenker, titled The New Cold War. The New Cold War featured technology threats posed by adversarial countries which included China and Russia.

The New Cold War is relevant to threats posed by global threat actors who will and/or already have access to quantum computers. Chinese researchers have claimed they were able to break RSA encryption standards developed at MIT within a matter of hours.

Consequently, the claims have been questioned by IT/cybersecurity professionals worldwide, however, MIT researchers have claimed that RSA encryption standards can be broken in hours by a quantum computer. This has prompted the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST), National Security Agency (NSA), and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to advise that businesses, medical institutions, educational institutions, and government agencies adopt a quantum readiness roadmap by 2025 while adopting quantum-resistant security measures/solutions by 2026.

NTD spoke with Rex Lee, security adviser at My Smart Privacy, to discuss.

For more information on the SXSW Conference and the threats posed by global threat actors who have access to quantum computers posing massive security threats globally, reach out to Rex M. Lee at rlee@mysmartprivacy.com.

About the Author: Rex M. Lee is a Privacy and Cybersecurity Advisor, Tech Journalist, and Senior Tech/Telecom Industry Analyst for BlackOps Partners, Washington, DC. Find more information at CyberTalkTV.com.

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