Photography and image sharing firm Shutterfly has disclosed being hit by a Conti ransomware attack nearly two weeks ago, resulting in the encryption of more than 4,000 devices and 120 VMware ESXi servers.
NIST has spent years painstakingly selecting a new set of encryption algorithms that can withstand future hacks from quantum computers. Along the way, it must deal with the additional challenge of building a process flexible enough to account for the potential failure or breakdown of any one solution.
The Guardian reports that Chinese threat actors are poised to target encrypted datasets, including intelligence data, as well as pharmaceutical, material, and chemical science research, for future decryption using quantum computers.
The agency is asking for companies and research firms to apply for cooperative research partnerships with the government to help develop technology and tools that would inform a “roadmap” the agency is devising to guide businesses and agencies on implementation.
A document released by the agency this week provides insight into how national security organizations responsible for keeping sensitive classified or unclassified data safe from hackers and foreign intelligence services should approach replacing their classical encryption protocols with new quantum-resistant ones.
A recent, damning report on the pharma sector found most entities are actively, and often inadvertently, exposing data through unsecured endpoints. As COVID-19 keeps pharma in cybercriminals’ focus, the need for zero trust security is more apparent.