February 28, 2024

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U.S. to Strengthen National Security for Quantum Cybersecurity

Senators from the United States have sponsored a bill that would fortify national security by preparing the federal government’s defences against data breaches made possible by quantum computing. Federal agencies must actively endeavour to ensure that federal cybersecurity defences are kept up to date as quantum computers, particularly those being developed by adversaries, continue to become more potent and accessible.

The advancement of quantum computers is one of the subsequent technological frontiers, and with this promising technology comes up with new risks. As this technology advances, the national security information of the United States will remain secure, and the federal government must be prepared to address cybersecurity concerns. Senators from both parties have urged their colleagues to support the bill to strengthen cybersecurity defences and protect national security.

Quantum computing, on the other hand, will provide significant advances in computing power while also introducing new cybersecurity challenges. The bill requires the government to inventory its cryptographic systems, determine which are most vulnerable to quantum computing, and upgrade those systems accordingly.

The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act would do the following:

  1. Require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prioritise the acquisition and migration of post-quantum cryptography information technology for federal agencies.
  2. Instruct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop guidance for federal agencies to assess critical systems one year after the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publishes planned post-quantum cryptography standards.
  3. Direct OMB to submit to Congress an annual report that includes a strategy for dealing with post-quantum cryptography risks, any funding that may be required, and an examination of the transition to post-quantum cryptography standards and information technology, as well as the coordination of the entire government.

In the meantime, OpenGov Asia previously reported that determined adversaries are subjecting the industrial control systems that run the crucial energy infrastructure to increasingly serious and sophisticated cyberattacks. To avoid disruptions to the nation’s essential energy services, energy systems must be built to withstand intentional cyber intrusion, exploitation, and misuse.

Cyber-Informed Engineering (CIE) is a new method for integrating cybersecurity into the conception, design, development, and operation of any physical system with digital connectivity, monitoring, or control. It employs architectural decisions and technology controls to reduce or eliminate cyber-enabled attack vectors, or to mitigate the damage of an attack.

Furthermore, following an executive session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced that it has adopted the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act and the Kids Online Safety Act.

The Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act specifies criteria for the acquisition of minors’ and children’s personal information, including information that must be disclosed to a parent or minor, as well as data subject rights such as rectification, erasure, and access.

Notably, the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act restricts the sale of internet-connected gadgets designed for children and adolescents unless specific cybersecurity and data security requirements are met.

Similarly, the Kids Online Safety Act establishes standards for covered platforms concerning their duty of care and the protection of children. Specifically, the Kids Online Safety Act states that a covered platform has a duty to act in the best interest of a minor who uses the platform’s products or services and must prevent other individuals from viewing a minor’s gathered or shared personal data. In addition, the Kids Online Safety Act includes disclosure and transparency obligations.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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