It goes without saying that innovations and trends in technology have a direct impact on digital security. Just look at what happened with COVID-19. As organizations switched their workforces to remote connectivity, many security teams shifted their attention to deploying enterprise-wide VPNs and partnering with employees to harden their home networks/devices. These tasks could consume an even greater share of infosec professionals’ time if organizations allow their employees to continue to work from home in a post-COVID world.

A boom in remote working isn’t the only force that’s helping to shape the future digital security. In fact, three other innovations and trends are playing a part. Those factors are quantum computing, 5G mobile technology and the IT-OT convergence.

Quantum Computing

As noted by WIRED, quantum computers leverage a new mode of computing based on qubits instead of bits. These units are more “flexible” than bits in that they can be on, off or “superposed” between the two. They’re also entangled to the extent that particles are physically linked together even though they’re physically separate.

These properties allow quantum computers to move information around and to perform tasks quicker and more efficiently than ordinary computers. The possibilities for quantum computing are therefore endless. Indeed, scientists could use quantum computing to take artificial intelligence to new heights. They could also develop new materials, find cures to diseases and fundamentally change life in other ways.

Quantum computing isn’t quite there yet. But scientists have already made significant progress. Back in October 2019, for instance, researchers in UC Santa Barbara used 53 entangled qubits to solve a problem that would have taken 10,000 years on a classical supercomputer. This task took just 200 seconds on their quantum computer. Just a few months after this breakthrough, IBM Research Director Dario Gil explained to (Read more...)