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Q uantum Computing
AES-256 encryption has long served as one of cybersecurity's foundational building blocks since it would take a decade or more to break the code (or cipher), according to Brett Hansen, Dell's vice president of client software and general manager of data security.
But as quantum computing takes hold over the next several years, Hansen said there's a real cause for concern that the code could be broken in just weeks or months. This would undermine the foundation of how data is protected today, Hansen said.
In time, new technologies such as lattice-based cryptography might be able to address this challenge, Hansen said. In the interim, Hansen recommended that organizations with very high-risk information use dual encryption, which makes it exponentially more difficult to break in since the two encryption systems are placed on top of one another.