According to CSA's latest Safe Security Awareness survey report, the fact that most companies are not ready to take action could conceivably lead to a "very dangerous situation" in the future when confidential information may become available to any entity possessing a quantum computer.
“Within the next 10 to 15 years we can expect to see a cryptographically useful quantum computer,” said Bruno Huttner, CSA QSS WG co-chair and product manager for the Quantum-Safe division of ID Quantique.
“With this considerable breakthrough will come a significant threat to the security of public key cryptography and the associated challenges of securing the global digital communications infrastructure. This report is an important step in identifying potential areas of concern and so we can begin to lay the groundwork for security solutions.”
“This latest report provides an excellent context for moving forward in our efforts to educate the industry.”
Of those surveyed more than 90% were IT or information security professionals. Among other key findings were:
- Sixty percent of respondents are “very aware” or “somewhat aware” of quantum computer technology and of the impact that quantum computers will have on data security.
- Just 30% are very or somewhat confident that their current security approaches will keep their data safe.
- Only 40% of the companies surveyed are working to future-proof their data against the quantum computer threat.
- Thirty-three percent of respondents are not aware that quantum solutions exist.