Quantum Tech Risks And Opportunities Exist For Law Enforcement Says Europol

This week, Europol published a new report written with the help of industry experts, The Second Quantum Revolution: The impact of quantum computing and quantum technologies on law enforcement, which encourages law enforcers to start building their knowledge and assessing the potential impact of quantum computing technologies to ensure they are prepared for both new risks and opportunities.
The report highlighted five things police forces should be doing today to prepare for the quantum age:

  1. Monitor developments continuously to identify potential new threats
  2. Build knowledge and start experimenting to tap these new developments
  3. Build a network of expertise with the scientific community for research and development work
  4. Assess the impact of quantum on fundamental rights to ensure police use of the technology is proportionate
  5. Review transition plans to ensure critical police systems are protected in the post-quantum era

“Quantum computing and quantum technologies hold significant potential to strongly impact law enforcement. From the analysis of large and complex data sets, to improved forensics capabilities and new ways of secure communication, the future promises significant opportunities to strengthen the fight against crime.
“Nevertheless, malicious actors could equally try to profit from such advancements and we have to prepare accordingly,” said Europol executive director, Catherine De Bolle.

George McGregor, VP, Approov Mobile Security:

   “It is important that law enforcement agencies are aware of the impact of quantum computing and this is a good contribution from the Europol Innovation Lab.  The recommendations could be less generic and more actionable however. For example, the document discusses the possibility of being able to decrypt currently inaccessible data in the future – it would be useful to provide guidelines on how to store data and to prepare for this eventuality. The report also encourages agencies to establish links and perform research in collaboration with industry experts – it would have been useful to highlight topics and areas of research to help drive this participation.”

All I have to say is that at least law enforcement isn’t being caught off guard. We’ve seen how most of us were caught flat footed by AI, and it’s nice to see history not repeat itself.

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