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Evaluating data:
sensitivity vs. value
over time
In preparing to defend against future
quantum cyberattacks, it is necessary to
assess the current data being protected.
This means determining both how
sensitive it is and how long it must be
protected for.
Some data is very sensitive but valuable
for only a short time, such as prerelease
earnings data for a publicly
traded company. Between the end
of the quarter and the reporting of
financial results several weeks later, this
information is highly sensitive. Other
data is not as sensitive but is valuable
for a long time. Think of Social Security
numbers which are used for the lifetime
of the holder. Many have already been
compromised, though, meaning they
are no longer as sensitive as they once
were.
Still other data is highly sensitive and
has a long value horizon. This could
include business-critical intellectual
property or trade secrets, which, if
stolen during the extended period that
they provide a competitive advantage,
may allow a competitor to create a
variant that puts you out of business.
Nation-states like the U.S. also have
long-term sensitive data. Even
now, some data from U.S. President
Kennedy's 1963 assassination continues
to be classified for national security
reasons.
What can we do?
Incentives drive behaviors, and use
cases generally drive investments in IT.
We need to ask ourselves: which market
forces will drive positive quantum
computing use cases, and which will
drive cyber-criminality? While we may
seek to use quantum computing for
good, one of the biggest risks of such
a transformational technology is that
our cyber adversaries may be more
motivated, or motivated earlier, to use
the technology for nefarious purposes
than we realize.
For this reason, it is important to raise
awareness - and concern - about the
quantum threat we face. But once we
acknowledge the threat, what can we
do to counter it?
Determine priorities. We need to create
quantum action plans that take into
account the importance and value of
different types of data over time, and
then set priorities for data protection.
Be sure not to dismiss low-probability
risks with potentially catastrophic
outcomes. Generally, invest in security
initiatives that address high-probability/
low-impact and low-probability/highimpact
risks.
Move to quantum-resistant algorithms.
We can develop quantum-resistant
algorithms before powerful quantum
computing capabilities become viable.
The National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) is currently
evaluating candidate algorithms
to replace our current public key
capabilities.
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