Realizing quantum-safe information sharing: Implementation and adoption challenges and policy recommendations for quantum-safe transitions

Ini Kong*, Marijn Janssen, Nitesh Bharosa

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Abstract

By utilizing the properties of quantum mechanics, quantum computers have the potential to factor a key pair of a large prime number and break some of the core cryptographic primitives that most information infrastructures depend on. This means that today's widely used cryptographic algorithms can soon become unsafe and need to be modified with quantum-safe (QS) cryptography. While much work is still needed in developing QS cryptographic algorithms, the institutional, organizational, and policy aspects of transitioning the current infrastructures have received less attention. This paper provides an empirical analysis of QS transition challenges and policy recommendations for moving to a QS situation. We analyzed the data collected through interviews with experts and practitioners from the Dutch government. The results reveal that institutional, organizational and policy aspects of QS transitions are interconnected, and solutions for QS transitions are scattered. Consequently, organizations may face a Catch-22 loop without further actionable approaches and planning for QS transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101884
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Digital government
  • Implementation
  • Information infrastructures
  • Information sharing
  • Policy recommendations
  • Post-quantum cryptography
  • Quantum-safe transition

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