In today’s computing landscapes, we mainly have classical computers that process bits of information existing in binary. As technology evolves, we are beginning to see tech giants and even nation-states working to create super computers known as quantum computers.
Quantum computers differ from the current classical model through their ability to analyze data existing in more than one state at a time. Quantum computers use quantum bits, also known as qubits, enabling them to solve complex problems exponentially quicker than classical computers.
Due to their highly efficient processing capabilities, quantum computers will be powerful enough to render public key cryptographic algorithms useless. Although quantum computers are not yet widespread, it will only be a matter of years before organizations everywhere will be relying on quantum computing.
With the rise of quantum computing on the horizon, society faces a threat that will break public key cryptography as we know it. Futurex has developed a quantum-safe hybrid certificate authority solution, delivered as a turnkey, HSM-integrated appliance or cloud service.
With this technology, you can simultaneously issue certificates to IoT devices or any other digital object with both classical and quantum-safe algorithms. After integrating Futurex’s KMES Series 3 with quantum-safe functionality into your cryptographic ecosystem, as soon as your organization is ready, you can make the post-quantum shift without issuing new certificates.
The implementation process for the post-quantum hybrid certificate authority solution is straightforward. Because this solution combines both standard cryptographic measures as well as the new quantum-safe method, hybrid certificates can be issued the same way as always, using X.509 format certificates. This is beneficial to your organization because the existing processes remain the same and migration to a new system is not necessary.