US President Joe Biden signed into law last week the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Readiness Act. The law is intended to protect federal systems and data from quantum-enabled data breaches. The law aims to pre-empt trends before quantum computing can break existing cryptographic algorithms. This is expected to happen in the next 5-10 years. At this point, under current cryptographic protocols, all digital information is potentially vulnerable to attackers.
The bill, co-sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (Republican-Ohio) and Maggie Hassan (Democrat-New Hampshire), is a bipartisan bill that provides federal agencies with security Introduces a number of mandates to prepare for more security encryption in the face of cryptographic threats. quantum computing. These include requirements for maintaining an information technology inventory, IT system migration, and other requirements. The requirement must be completed within six months of enactment of the law, which will occur the following year.
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