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Quantum Readiness: Focus on Machine Identities, Not Cryptography

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Mason Walker
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Quantum Readiness: Focus on Machine Identities, Not Cryptography

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The Misplaced Obsession with Cryptographic Algorithms

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As we stand on the cusp of a new technological era defined by quantum computing, there is an increasing hype about post-quantum cryptography readiness. Much of this enthusiasm is centered around cryptographic algorithms. However, this fervor may be misdirected. The real challenge lies not in the nuances of cryptographic algorithms, but in managing machine identities for the Global 5000.

The Importance of Machine Identities

Machine identities, such as digital certificates and keys, are crucial in ensuring secure communication in a post-quantum world. They are the foundation of trust in digital interactions. Therefore, it is essential to focus on comprehensive governance and lifecycle management of these identities. Moreover, the potential threats to machine identities from quantum computing necessitate having real-time observability of all machines and identities.

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Preparing for a Post-Quantum World

Preparing for a post-quantum world requires a proactive approach. Business leaders and security teams must work together to update applications and ensure security. They must also collaborate with government organizations to ensure readiness. The allocation of public funding for quantum preparedness and the involvement of government organizations in pushing for quantum readiness is critical.

The Role of Automation

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Automation plays a pivotal role in future-proofing security. Businesses should prioritize automating machine identity management and understanding their applications to prepare for the unknown challenges of a post-quantum era. Companies such as Quantinuum are leading the charge in this respect, partnering with organizations like Keyfactor and Thales to help organizations prepare for post-quantum cryptography changes.

The Future of Quantum Readiness

The future of quantum readiness is exciting, with companies such as Keyfactor exceeding $100 million in annual recurring revenue, being valued at approximately $1.3 billion, and recognized as the fastest-growing digital trust provider in North America. Keyfactor is well-positioned to support organizations in preparing for a post-quantum reality.

In conclusion, it is time to shift the focus from cryptographic algorithms to securing machine identities and preparing for a post-quantum world. The key takeaway is that the quantum readiness journey should not be about obsessing over cryptographic algorithms but about securing machine identities and ensuring comprehensive governance and lifecycle management in a post-quantum era.

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