In preparation for a post-quantum world, VPN provider PureVPN has introduced a quantum resistance feature on its OpenVPN protocol to offer its users more security and privacy than ever before.
Specifically, PureVPN has partnered with integrated quantum computing company Quantinuum to deploy quantum-resistant encryption keys on its VPN service. Using Quantinuum’s Quantum Origin platform, the VPN provider was able to create and deploy encryption keys generated using a verifiable quantum process, making them more secure than keys from conventional unverified processes. .
By using Quantinuum’s technology, PureVPN will protect its service and its users against threats to both their privacy and their data that will occur once quantum computers are adopted by the mainstream.
Co-founder and CEO of PureVPN, Uzair Gadit provided additional insight in a press release on the threat posed to encryption by quantum computers becoming more accessible and commercially available, saying:
“To put things into perspective, mathematical problems that would currently take a traditional supercomputer until the end of time, will be solved by a quantum computer in a matter of hours. That’s how powerful the technology will be. Quantum computers will surpass even the most powerful supercomputer in existence today, meaning all current encryption protocols will be broken in time.
Preparing for Quantum Computing Attacks
Today’s encryption protocols, including RSA, ECDSA, DSA and others, are all likely to be targeted by quantum computing attacks, as they are currently used to protect everything from sensitive state data to power plants and stock markets.
Despite the fact that the threats posed by quantum computers seem remote, there is an increasing urgency to prepare as cybercriminals have started harvesting encrypted data now with the intention of decrypting it later using quantum computing technology. .
While PureVPN’s Quantum-Resistant Encryption Keys will initially roll out with split tunneling and obfuscation features in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands in its apps. for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, the company is also working on another approach to combat future quantum computing attacks.
PureVPN is developing a transition plan to adopt quantum-resistant algorithms once they receive final approval from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Now that PureVPN has taken steps to protect its VPN service from quantum computing attacks, expect other VPN providers to follow suit and introduce their own protective measures against this future threat.