This was an interesting passage in a Fox news article.

“That’s why we introduced the bipartisan Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act with Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-VA, which passed in the House this week. It will ensure that encryption used by the federal government to keep our systems and valuable data safe is quantum proof and would establish Congress’ oversight role in implementing this technology.”

It kind interesting that we will have “quantum proof” encryption before we even have the first quantum computer ready for attack cryptography.

The article makes another point though. Intelligence services regularly record encrypted traffic even though they cannot break it. Sometimes a key can be stolen, or the encryption can be broken with new technology. Then you can go back and read the information. Getting the name of a single spy within your organization can be worth the multiple millions it takes to store and check this information.

So I am glad that our political leadership is taking steps to ensure the future of secure communications. But when the quantum stuff does come on line, there will be real trouble.

Congress must work together to protect personal data and strengthen national security

What Is the Future of Quantum-Proof Encryption? Bright, according to officials at NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography program