The European Union recognizes the looming threat of quantum computing, a technology with the potential to break current encryption standards and expose sensitive communications and data.


The EU acknowledges the urgency of transitioning to post-quantum cryptography (PQC) to safeguard digital infrastructures against these emerging threats.

 

A Coordinated Approach to Quantum Security

To address this challenge, the EU advocates for a synchronized approach among its member states. This involves a coordinated transition of digital infrastructures, especially those used by public administration and critical infrastructure, to PQC. A detailed roadmap will guide this transition, ensuring interoperability and alignment across national borders.

Read more: https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/library/recommendation-coordinated-implementation-roadmap-transition-post-quantum-cryptography

 

Timeline for the transition to Post-Quantum Cryptography

Timeline for the transition to Post-Quantum Cryptography

 

Building a Quantum-Resilient Future

The EU's commitment to PQC research and development spans over a decade, demonstrating a proactive approach to addressing vulnerabilities quantum computing could exploit. In addition to internal efforts, the EU emphasizes international collaboration to develop and harmonize global PQC standards, fostering a secure and interoperable digital landscape.

 

Continuous Monitoring and Adaptation

The implementation of the PQC roadmap will be closely monitored and evaluated, with potential adjustments and additional measures to ensure the ongoing resilience of digital infrastructures. The EU's proactive stance, combined with continuous monitoring and adaptation, will be key to navigating the complexities of the quantum era and safeguarding critical digital assets.