The UK government is believed to have acquired its first quantum computer in a pivotal moment that will boost its research capabilities in the field of cyber defense and other key areas of security. national security.
According to BBC.
Stephen Till of the Department of Defense’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) called this a “critical moment.”
Outside of research developed at the University of Oxford, Orca Computing’s mission is to develop scalable quantum computers that integrate with real-world technologies. This is a challenge for current prototypes, mainly because they have to keep the qubits they run at extremely cold temperatures or they become unstable.
Orca Computing claims to have found a way to operate a quantum computer that doesn’t require this. Furthermore, fiber optics can be used for networks instead of silicon, further enhancing scale and reliability.
The applications of quantum are almost limitless. Qubits can be 0 and 1 at the same time, so the time it takes to process data and compute is much shorter than with conventional supercomputers.
In cybersecurity circles, this has led to warnings that Shor’s algorithm could be cracked within a decade, rendering asymmetric encryption (PKI) practically useless.
David Mahdi, cryptography expert and director of strategy at Sectigo, argues that governments and organizations must therefore start preparing for the new era of quantum computing now.
He added: “For more than fifty years, public key infrastructure, or PKI, has been relied upon by most organizations to provide the cryptographic backbone that protects the devices and people who use them.
“Like most things, nothing lasts forever, and the PKI we all rely on to maintain digital trust is seriously threatened by quantum computing.”
Therefore, future systems will have to be designed with “quantum safety” in mind. The MoD hopes that its latest move will give it an edge in this new technological arms race.
The news comes at a time of tremendous growth in quantum technology. In April. BT, Toshiba and EY have announced the launch of the world’s first commercial test of a quantum secure metro network (QSMN). The infrastructure aims to connect different customers across London, ensuring the transmission of valuable data and information between multiple physical locations over standard fiber optic links using key distribution. death (QKD).