Quantum Computing is the new frontier in making machines capable of unfathomably large numbers of calculations in short periods of time. We are not ready for what this means for our systems or security. Though our private companies are investing billions in this field, the countries that break through first will have a massive advantage. Conversely, major powers that get caught flat-footed may be vulnerable. We should maximize the opportunity and minimize our vulnerability.
Problems to be Solved
- Our current encryption standards protecting sensitive national security and banking data, among other types, will one day be decryptable in a short time period.
- Other countries are currently collecting encrypted information from us that they will one day be able to decrypt.
- Other countries are developing powerful quantum computing technology at a pace that could outstrip our own capabilities.
As President, I will…
- Provide the NIST and other agencies with all necessary funding to research, select, and deploy new encryption standards as soon as possible.
- Establish private sector incentives to research new encryption standards and adopt encryption that protects sensitive data.
- Support government programs developing quantum computing technology.
- Direct the Department of Defense to focus on this massive cybersecurity threat, making it a priority.