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The Dual Faces of Quantum Computing: Opportunities and Threats in National Security


This interview originally appeared on Innovation in Government from DoDIIS

In an engaging interview with Francis Rose, Gina Scinta, Deputy CTO of Thales Trusted Cyber Technologies, explores the implications of quantum computing in the defense, intelligence, and net sec communities. Scinta highlights the dual aspects of quantum computing: its potential to accelerate data analysis and its threat to cryptographic systems like PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). She emphasizes the urgent need for organizations to prepare for the quantum era by conducting crypto inventories and collaborating with technology partners on pre-certified algorithms and post-quantum crypto solutions. Scinta also notes the ongoing international race in quantum computing development, stressing the importance of being aware of and ready for the advancements of potential adversaries.