IBM puts NIST’s quantum-resistant crypto to work in Z16 mainframe


IBM has started offering quantum-resistant crypto – using the quantum-resistant crypto recommended by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Quantum computers are expected to be so powerful they’ll carve through conventional encryption, exposing secrets in seconds. China is felt to be stealing data today, safe in the knowledge its future quantum computers will be able to decrypt it in the near future. Other data, such as health information, is required to be kept for decades and the encryption used to protect it probably won’t survive the advent of quantum computers.

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