Quantum computing will break your encryption in a few years

Established tech giants and startups are leading quantum computing development (Image metamorworks / iStockPhoto)
Quantum computing could threaten 99% of current online encryption (Image metamorworks / iStockPhoto)

Modern public-key encryption is currently good enough to meet enterprise requirements, according to experts. Most cyberattacks target different parts of the security stack these days – unwary users in particular. Yet this stalwart building block of present-day computing is about to be eroded by the advent of quantum computing within the next decade, according to experts.

“About 99% of online encryption is vulnerable to quantum computers,” said Mark Jackson, scientific lead for Cambridge Quantum Computing, at the Inside Quantum Technology conference in Boston on Wednesday.

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