Quantum-Safe Strategy Workshop

Building a plan to address the quantum computing threat.

Quantum computing is a prevalent topic within technology news that is gaining momentum and critical mass. Often technology leaders find it difficult separate fact from fiction, but still need to answer questions from their c-level executive suite with regards to impact to the business at large.

These questions are sometimes driven by the news and various press releases as large companies start to announce their plans for entering the quantum computing era. Most large cloud computing providers have indicated that they intend to offer cloud-based quantum computing services as this technology matures. Many have made investments to bring quantum computing out of university research labs and into the hands of commercial innovation centers that are eager to explore the beneficial impacts of quantum computing on their business.

While the technology race has started to find useful and practical applications for quantum computing, in contrast there is a growing concern about the risk posed by quantum computing to cybersecurity and the potential for fraud and business instability. Risk management teams are taking note of this threat on the horizon and tracking the next generation of quantum-safe cryptography as it moves through the standardization process. New post-quantum cryptography standards are expected to be released in 2023-2025 by NIST. At which point, it is anticipated that security regulations will be updated to encourage a migration to these new standards.

Unfortunately, these algorithms are not drop-in replacements for current cybersecurity systems in place today. The algorithms have peculiarities and they may present challenges for organizations when attempting a sensible migration, especially for core or entrenched IT systems. The format for this workshop is 1-day interactive onsite, or half-day remote delivery and covers the following topics:

  • Rationale as to what the quantum threat is and why act now.
  • Interactive discussions of current high-level risk mitigation and migration planning.
  • Guidance on how to organize and execute inventories of cryptography assets across infrastructure, systems and applications.
  • Data points to collect overtime to help prioritize immediate concerns over long-term nice-to-haves.
  • Guidance on approaches with vendor discussions.

The workshop is facilitated by evolutionQ staff and delivered remotely via web conference or on-site in an interactive workshop format.

Key Contacts

John Mulholland

Director, Quantum Risk Management

John leads our quantum threat and risk assessment business to help organizations understand and manage their cyber security issues. John has worked with organizations in government and industry to assist the migration of their systems and practices to quantum-safety.

Brian Neill

VP, Product & Business Development

Brian is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a career spanning 20 years in cybersecurity companies building software products and managing cyber security risk.

Quantum Threat Timeline

How long until fault tolerant quantum computers can break cybersecurity?

evolutionQ and the Global Risk Institute assess the timing of the threat.