Prof Alan Woodward, on 21 Sept 2016, in Edinburgh, will present his paper "Will Quantum Computers Be The End Of Public Key Encryption?" live at a sold-out Cryptography conference, and which will be beamed live to the world.
In his presentation, Prof Woodward will show how quantum computers could crack secure communications, and where we would not be able to prove the identity of users and computers on the Internet.
One of the targets for Quantum Computers is RSA, and which is a standard method of public key encryption. RSA, and other public key methods, are typically used to prove identity on the Internet and in protecting the exchange of encryption keys. They, unfortunately, would be easily
cracked if a quantum computer was built. This would crack secure
tunnels (HTTPs), and no identity on the Internet could be trusted.
We thus have to quickly consider a migration away from RSA towards something like Lattice cryptography, otherwise we will wake up one day, and nothing could really be trusted on the Internet.
Details of the programme are here:http://thecyberacademy.org/crypto/
The race for a true supercomputer is on, but there's one contender who could trump them all, and leave them all behind.
With the Cloud increasingly providing massively parallel systems, there is one type of computer which will cause shock waves around the world, and change everything that we know... the quantum computer.
And so recently Google, along with Nasa, announced that they had proven that their quantum computer works, and that it could be over 100 million times faster than existing processors. So after the transistor, and the integrated circuit, and the microprocessor, it has been a while since there has been the potential of such a seismic change in technology ... so get ready!
Details on where you can read the paper will be announced at the conference.
The event is hosted by The Cyber Academy, which is an organisation which supports innovation, research and knowledge exchange on an international level.