US senate passes Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Act

The US senate has passed the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act to strengthen national security by preparing the federal government’s defences against quantum-computing-enabled data breaches.

The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act asks for:

  • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prioritise the acquisition and migration of federal agencies’ information technology to post-quantum cryptography.
  • OMB to create guidance for federal agencies to assess critical systems following the publication of post-quantum cryptography standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST);
  • Direct OMB to send an annual report to Congress that includes a strategy on how to address post-quantum cryptography risks.

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