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GovWare: Experts Discuss How Quantum Computing Poses Threats to RSA and Cybersecurity

The Centre for Quantum Technologies brought devices and experts to the GovWare 2017, a conference and exhibition held as part of Singapore International Cyber Week. This event, held from 19th to 21st September, is focused on "technology leaders, industry professionals, policy-makers and innovators".

CQT showcased to the cybersecurity industry the technology and training the Centre can offer. Credit: Centre for Quantum Technologies

At GovWare, delegates came from both government and business sectors. Thanks to the Centre's presence at the event, these government end-users and cybersecurity professionals had the chance to learn about the opportunities and risks of the quantum era.

GovWare was the right platform to share the relevance of CQT research to the cybersecurity industry. We communicated the point about quantum computing posing threats to RSA and cybersecurity and shared about quantum-safe solutions, which were not widely known even among industry professionals. Hopefully this awareness will help the community better prepare for advances in quantum technologies.

Lum Chune Yang, Head of Strategic Development, Industry Relations Team, CQT

Delegates from some 60 different organizations spoke to the Centre's staff at the event or stopped by the company’s booth. Objectives of the CQT industry team are to explain, engage and create with outside parties. While exhibiting contributes to enlightening industry about quantum technologies, the Centre provides training and consulting for organizations that search for deeper learning. There are also potentials for research collaborations.

One of the displays highlighted at CQT's GovWare booth was the Centre's partnership with Singtel, a leading communications group in Asia. CQT and Singtel are working together in the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security R&D Lab to create quantum communication technology for fiber networks in Singapore. The company exhibited a device developed in-house that will measure how quantum signals are influenced by the environment as they pass through fiber.

Other devices displayed at the booth include:

  • A rapid quantum random number generator
  • A satellite designed to examine technology for quantum key distribution over cross-continental distances
  • An ion trap, ion-trap chip and superconducting circuit could have quantum bits (qubits) for quantum computing

A compact source of entangled photon pairs with output connected to fibers. These photons can be employed for key distribution and timing synchronization.

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