Kicking off your quantum migration program

Quantum computers will have sufficient computing power to break many of the most commonly used forms of cryptography between 2030 and 2040, experts estimate. Organizations should act now and prepare to make the switch to quantum-secure cryptography. The AIVD and the NCSC have therefore created this guidance document for CIOs, CTOs and CISOs in government, industry and knowledge institutions.

The development of powerful quantum computers has accelerated in the past years. The general view among experts is that quantum computers will probably have sufficient computing power to break many of the most common cryptographic algorithms by 2030 to 2040. Cryptography is an important foundation for information security. As such, the advent of a powerful quantum computer may represent significant risks to organisations that will endanger the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and processes.

Since 2014, the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have issued several publications to inform organisations of these risks.1 Now, it is time for organisations to take action and start preparing for the migration to quantum-safe cryptography. This is why the AIVD and NCSC have created this guide for CIOs, CTOs and CISOs in the government, the business industry, and knowledge institutes.