Biden Passes Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Bill Into Law

Biden Passes Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Bill Into Law

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has passed the quantum computing cybersecurity bill into law to encourage federal government agencies to adopt the decryption-proof technology. President Biden also signed the SBA Cyber Awareness Act into law which mandates the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide an annual report on the agency’s cybersecurity.

The bill is particularly significant because there are concerns that advances in quantum technology by countries like China, who aren’t particularly friends with the United States, like China, could allow existing encryption systems to be cracked much faster.

Co-sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H, the Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act signed into law on December 21, 2022:

  • Mandates the Office of Management and Budget to prioritize federal agencies’ acquisition and migration to post-quantum cryptography IT systems.
  • The White House must develop recommendations for government agencies on assessing critical systems one year after the National Institute of Standards and Technology publishes projected post-quantum cryptography standards.
  • OMB is to provide a yearly report to Congress that includes a strategy for addressing post-quantum cryptography threats across the government.

On November 18, the White House issued a memorandum giving government agencies until May 4, 2023, to present an inventory of assets, including cryptographic systems that quantum computers might crack.

In September, the National Security Agency released recommendations requiring owners and operators of national security systems to begin utilizing post-quantum algorithms by 2035. In that advisory note, the intelligence agency advised that suppliers begin preparing for the new technological requirements but admitted that certain quantum-resistant algorithms were yet to be cleared for use.

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