Space Encryption can Help Safeguard Data in the Age of Quantum Computing

in Popular STEM3 months ago

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It's no secret that quantum computers pose a threat to encryption technology that protects confidential documents and information.

Quantum computers use Qubits to process data in parallel faster than conventional machines. Quantum computers are being developed by technology companies and governments worldwide, and their ability to process calculations allows them to crack the encryption algorithms that keeps information safe and confidential. End-to-end encryption can be cracked by quantum computers even though the algorithm used would take eons to crack using conventional technology.

Space Encryption and the Quick3 Project use distributed light transmissions between hundreds and thousands of satellites to safeguard data. Scientists have proposed using arrays of satellites in space that transmit light to each other outside of fiber optic cables with photons that would change when captured by quantum computing technology. The light must be transmitted miles above the Earth's surface to avoid disruption from the atmosphere, so satellite transmission makes sense. As more commerical and economically viable delivery methods are designed, more space encryption satellites may be deployed to encrypt information.

The future of computing is quantum, and we need to account for it's ability to intercept and decode encrypted messages. Space encryption is a great and economical way to safeguard information in the future and ensure trust in the system.

Sources:

  1. https://www.space.com/quantum-computers-space-encryption-light-beam-satellite

  2. Pixabay

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