Federal Agencies Encourage Proactive Cybersecurity Measures for AI and Quantum Computing

NNicholas August 22, 2023 2:02 PM

Federal agencies are urging organizations to anticipate the potential cybersecurity threats associated with advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing. The call for a proactive approach comes as part of a broader effort to ensure security by design and prepare for a post-quantum cryptography era.

Federal agencies advise on quantum and AI security

Three government agencies - the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - have called on organizations to prepare for the day when quantum computers can break today's encryption methods. As part of this effort, they urge organizations to develop a 'road map' for a future that is rapidly approaching. Additionally, they have stated that AI software should be developed with security as a core feature.

Preparing for the quantum future

To help organizations prepare for the future of quantum computing, the three agencies published a quantum 'factsheet' that emphasizes the need for active development and building of capabilities to safeguard critical information. They indicate that popular public-key algorithms used for encryption today will need to be updated or replaced. The agencies encourage organizations to develop an inventory of quantum-vulnerable technology and to discuss a roadmap with their tech vendors.

Building a secure AI future

The CISA urged AI software makers to build security into their systems from the start. As AI increasingly integrates into key software systems that automate crucial aspects of our lives - from email spam filtering to medical imaging analysis - the importance of secure-by-design AI software grows. This call aligns with a broader push from CISA and the Biden administration for secure-by-design technology, a key principle of the national cybersecurity strategy released this year.

The White House released a national standards strategy in May that covers AI and quantum computers. The strategy emphasizes that the U.S. will work with all nations committed to an open and transparent standards system to lead the way in new technological arenas. Failure to do so, according to the strategy, risks innovation, security, and prosperity at both national and global levels.

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