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September 8, 2023

5 ways quantum computers will positively impact the future of technology

In computing, innovative technology is on the horizon, poised to reshape our world as we know it. Quantum computers, powered by the principles of quantum mechanics, hold the promise of revolutionizing industries, solving complex problems, and unlocking new frontiers of knowledge.


The potential impact of quantum computers in a nutshell
5 (potential) positive effects of quantum computers
Our journey toward a quantum-safe future


The potential impact of quantum computers in a nutshell

There is no doubt that quantum computers can represent a serious threat if handled by malicious actors. But they also have vast potential and can have a transformative impact on many domains of our lives. While their full capabilities remain untapped (for now), the predicted impact of quantum computing on various industries is awe-inspiring.


Just as a sunrise promises a new day filled with new opportunities, the potential of quantum computers holds the promise of reshaping the very foundation of how we work, conduct business, and secure business operations.

From finance and logistics to drug discovery and artificial intelligence, these powerful machines will offer possibilities to accelerate innovation, solve complex problems, and drive unprecedented efficiency.

5 (potential) positive effects of quantum computers

Unequalled processing power

At the core of quantum computers lies their extraordinary processing power. Unlike classical computers that rely on bits representing either 0 or 1, quantum computers employ qubits, which can exist in multiple states simultaneously, thanks to a property called superposition.

This unique characteristic allows quantum computers to perform complex calculations exponentially faster than their classical counterparts. Industries grappling with complex optimization problems, data analysis, and simulations will witness a significant acceleration in computation, leading to unprecedented efficiency and problem-solving capabilities.

Advancing scientific research

There is potential for quantum computers to revolutionize a wide range of research areas. Their ability to simulate quantum systems and model molecular interactions holds immense promise for chemistry, physics, and material science fields.

By harnessing the power of quantum computers, scientists can unravel the mysteries of quantum chemistry, leading to the discovery of new materials, catalysts, and drugs. Moreover, quantum computers can aid in exploring complex problems in climate science, genetics, and astrophysics, paving the way for ground-breaking findings, and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge.

Breaking encryption barriers

(Cyber)security is a critical concern in our increasingly digitalized world. While classical computers cannot break traditional encryption methods, quantum computers will excel it.

Quantum computing's remarkable computational power can render traditional encryption algorithms obsolete. Meaning that data protected with classical encryption can be decrypted utilizing a quantum computer.

2023_05_31_NQX_picture_2This quantum threat puts pressure on the cybersecurity industry already now. Authorities as well as private companies invest heavily in the research and development of new algorithms that will ensure secure communications, safeguard sensitive data, and fortify critical systems and environments against emerging threats.

One of the primary lines of development is called Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC). Related PQC algorithms are designed to resist quantum attacks and protect sensitive data, especially data of long-term value.

For example, bank and financial data (credit card numbers), personal data (health data, social security numbers), business secrets (technology blueprints), or governmental data. 

Revolutionizing machine learning

The field of machine learning stands to benefit immensely from quantum computers. Quantum machine learning algorithms can process vast amounts of data more efficiently and extract intricate patterns and connections. With quantum computers, organizations will be able to improve predictive analytics, enhance pattern recognition, and optimize complex optimization models.

The fusion of quantum computing and machine learning has the potential to transform industries such as healthcare, finance, and cybersecurity, enabling personalized medicine, intelligent fraud detection, or enhanced data security.

Solving complex optimization problems

Quantum computers offer a game-changing solution to complex optimization problems that plague industries ranging from logistics and transportation to finance and manufacturing. Their ability to explore multiple possibilities simultaneously allows for efficient and accurate solutions to optimization challenges.

For example, quantum computers can optimize supply chains, improve traffic routing, enhance financial portfolio management, and streamline manufacturing processes. By harnessing quantum computing's power, organizations can achieve substantial cost savings, maximize efficiency, and unlock new levels of productivity.

SSH Communications Security: Our journey toward a quantum-safe future

The potential of quantum computers to reshape our world is extraordinary. While quantum computing may still be in its infancy (although some would argue that it’s closer to its teenage years), ongoing research and development efforts are paving the way for practical applications and broader accessibility.

As we embark on the quantum revolution, collaboration between scientists, engineers, and industries is and will be crucial to harness the full potential of quantum computers and usher in a new era of innovation and discovery.

We at SSH Communications Security understand the significance of professional collaboration and innovation in cybersecurity when it comes to quantum computing and protection against the quantum threat, like PQC. And we are at the forefront of offering PQC solutions to businesses as well as governments.

Learn more about SSH’s quantum security solutions here >>> 

We must understand that this is not going to be a one-time project. It is going to be the beginning of a journey, and the cryptographic agility is going to be an important part of it. We do not have the luxury to wait for PQC algorithms to be finalized. We need to start acting on the key exchange and improve things as we go along.
- Suvi Lampila, SSH Fellow, in her presentation on “Protecting Your Organization's Future: The Urgent Need to Address the Quantum Threat to Cybersecurity”

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Jani Virkkula

Currently employed by SSH.COM as Product Marketing Manager, Jani is a mixed-marketing artist with a strong background in operator and cybersecurity businesses. His career path of translator->-tech writer -> marketer allows him to draw inspiration from different sources and gives him a unique perspective on all types...

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