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CTO Reflections: Surpassing quantum encryption

Michael Xie, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer, Fortinet | March 3, 2015
Michael Xie of Fortinet discusses the concept of a holy grail in IT security and explains why industry collaboration, rather than an esoteric technology like quantum encryption, may be the answer.

Boosting overall security requires us to continuously strengthen the weakest link of the chain, as and when it appears. To be successful, there must be concerted, industry-wide action to concurrently upgrade individual components of the security chain.

That means that while security solution providers work hard to share threat information and develop their technologies, enterprises and consumers must take time to learn more about cyber security and guard against attacks, CERT teams must improve their response capabilities; and institutions worldwide must step up their efforts to groom cyber security talent.

The list goes on, and the stakeholders involved are many. These stakeholders need to do their earnest best in their respective fields, and cooperate with one another. That — not quantum encryption alone — is the real key to making the world a more secure and livable place.


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