|Science & Tech Spotlight: Securing Data for a Post-Quantum World|
Cryptography uses math to secure or "encrypt" data—helping governments, businesses, and others protect sensitive information. While current encryption methods are nearly impossible for normal computers to break, quantum computers could quickly and easily break certain encryptions and put data at risk. This spotlight looks at how to better secure data before quantum computers capable of breaking those encryption methods are ready in possibly 10-20 years. Researchers have developed and are standardizing encryption methods capable of withstanding the threat. The longer it takes to implement these new methods, the higher the risk to data security.