WASHINGTON, DC – ATIS today announced publication of a new report Preparing Communications Networks for the Quantum Future. Although quantum computing is still in the early stages of development, the report helps network operators understand the security implications on current communications and data management and guides them in assessing the risks quantum presents to their organization.
Quantum computers’ power is exponentially greater than computers in use today for solving certain classes of problems in areas such as AI and machine learning. But, with these benefits comes the concern that quantum’s computational power could eventually compromise current encryption algorithms widely used by network operators. New cryptography algorithms and technologies will be required to ensure communications and data remain secure against the potential challenges arising with quantum.
“The report provides a look ahead at how network operators need to prepare themselves by assessing the risks and planning for changes across multiple business areas that need to be quantum-resistant into the future,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller.
Findings will also contribute to the work of ATIS’ Next G Alliance, which is examining anticipated advances in quantum computing so that 6G systems are prepared for a post-quantum era. Indeed, much of today’s public-key cryptography infrastructure will need to be replaced by post-quantum cryptography to ensure that algorithms can resist cryptanalysis carried out by quantum computers.