White House Issues Two Quantum Directives Set To Bolster American Infrastructure
The Biden administration has announced two new directives that focus on incorporating quantum computing technology into the U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure and policy landscape, the latest federal action regarding the emerging technology.
Announced on Tuesday, the directives work to establish a government oversight board to advance quantum science and technological development, emphasizing innovations in quantum computing technologies in relation to cryptography.
While the first directive lays out an independent advisory body for quantum information science and technology. This board will work on disseminating knowledge about the latest developments in quantum to lawmakers and the general public and guide policymaking. It will work directly beneath the White House.
“The process to transition America’s most vulnerable IT systems to these new standards will take substantial time, resources and commitment,” a Biden administration spokesperson said. “Accordingly, America must start the lengthy process of updating our IT infrastructure today to protect against this quantum computing threat tomorrow.”