Federal agencies are failing to protect sensitive data. That's the findings of the August 2021 report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Of eight federal agencies audited for their cybersecurity programs, only the Department of Homeland Security showed improvements in 2020.
Recent, large-scale attacks on critical infrastructure including SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, and Microsoft Exchange illustrate the considerable threats facing federal agencies. To improve the nation's cybersecurity and protect federal government networks, the White House issued an Executive Order on May 12, 2021. Among the various mandates, federal agencies have been given 180 days to encrypt data in transit and less time to identify the unclassified data considered to be the most sensitive and under the greatest threat.
Because government data security requirements have a much longer shelf-life than other industries – up to 50 years in the case of official intelligence – it is reasonable to assume this data may be vulnerable to quantum attack if not protected properly today. To ensure critical data and communications networks are protected for the long term, federal agencies and their partners should evaluate and deploy quantum-safe encryption methods now.
Visit Quantum Xchange's Government Resource Center for a bundling of useful assets, expert opinion, and technical how-tos for meeting Government’s immediate and long-term data protection requirements with practical, affordable, and scalable quantum-safe security solutions.