The new report,
, is a set of steps designed to enable enterprises to respond to the risks set out in the white paper the WEF released last year
"The Forum has developed specific messaging for executive leaders to help mitigate quantum risk. This is important as many discussions on this topic get bogged down about when a quantum computer will be available to mount these types of attacks,” said Deloitte U.S. managing director of cyber risks Colin Soutar.
“The dialog should be much more about preparing today while you still have time so that quantum risk can be methodically mitigated and businesses can continue to thrive without fear of disruption.”
The new paper outlines five principles businesses and organizations should follow
Ensure the organizational governance structure institutionalizes quantum risk
Raise quantum risk awareness throughout the organization
Treat and prioritize quantum risk alongside existing cyber risks
Make strategic decisions for future technology adoption
Encourage collaboration across ecosystems
The WEF said protecting the digital economy and data from quantum computer attacks requires a cohesive, cross-border approach that integrates government support with individual organizations' support as they test strategies and identify what works.
It said businesses should take a multi-pronged approach, including empowering the quantum cybersecurity team with executive support and mandates, upskilling talent and requiring quantum security provisions in new or renewed product contracts.
"As we make rapid strides towards the quantum era, it is crucial for leaders to ensure that security risks don't come in the way of realizing the transformative potential of the technology,” said WEF Center for Cybersecurity head of industry and partnerships Akshay Joshi.
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