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The Virtual Executive Conference debating on the state of the quantum threat and quantum risk management was organized in partnership with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)  and TelecomTV .

The Virtual Executive Conference was the first part of the overall ETSI IQC Quantum Safe Cryptography Virtual Event. A second part consists of a Technical Track that will be broadcasted at a later stage. Stay tuned!

The Virtual Executive Conference included much online content, interviews, status presentations and also several possibilities for the audience to interact with the expert speakers and panellists. The event, designed for business executives, including CEOs, CTOs, CIOs and CISOs ran over 27 and 28 October 2020.


The detailed Conference Programme and speakers' biographies are available on the TelecomTV site

Each of the two days comprised multiple sessions, including presentations, webinars and panel discussions followed by LIVE Q&A sessions where attendees were able to put their questions to the experts.

Quantum technologies continue to advance. Small, medium and large enterprises are increasingly offering products and services enabled or enhanced by quantum technologies. A growing list of potential users are exploring the impact of quantum technologies on their products and on their sector. Large enterprises and nations are ramping up investments in order to increase their productivity as users of the technologies and to increase their economic strength by securing a large share of the global quantum technologies market.
For the quantum era to truly translate into economic prosperity, it is imperative that the digital systems upon which all sectors critically depend are secure against quantum attacks before quantum computers undermine the integrity, confidentiality and availability of these digital systems.
This first session discussed the business and economic policy imperative to prepare the digital economy to be resilient against quantum attacks.

Panel 1: Public sector perspective on quantum safe cryptography
Government authorities and policy experts are driving the mitigation of quantum risk for government systems, and play a key role in the oversight of critical digital systems. This webinar engaged a range of thought leaders to discuss the need for quantum safe cryptography, the challenges, and the role of government.

Panel 2: Challenges of moving to quantum-safe technologies
Digital technology vendors are preparing to migrate their platforms and deliver the quantum safe solutions that their customers require in the short and medium term. Industry experts articulated the current state of quantum safe cryptography and pragmatic approach to preparing digital platforms to be resilient against quantum attacks.

  • Michele Mosca, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Programme Committee Chair
  • Jaya Baloo, KPN
  • Johannes Buchmann, TU Darmstadt
  • Matthew Campagna, Sr. Principal Engineer, Amazon Web Services, Programme Committee Co chair
  • Lily Chen, NIST 
  • Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva
  • Hakim Mkinsi, Technical Officer, ETSI
  • Mark Pecen, Approach Infinity, Inc.
  • Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
  • Masahide Sasaki, Director Quantum ICT Laboratory, NICT
  • Martin Ward, Toshiba, ETSI ISG QKD Chairman
  • Colin Whorlow, Head of International Standards, NCSC Programme Committee Co chair
  • Hong Xiang, Chongqing University

About the 2019 ETSI/IQC Quantum Safe Cryptography Event in Seattle: Programme and Summary

About ETSI Quantum Key Distribution Activities

About ETSI Quantum Safe Cryptography Activites

Introduction to the ETSI-IQC Quantum Safe Cryptography Virtual Executive Conference

Welcome to Quantum Safe Cryptography is Key to Economic Prosperity in the Quantum Era

Introduction to quantum safe cryptography for business and policy leaders

Quantum Technology and Its Impact on Cryptography

Why Tomorrow’s Quantum Computing is a Cybersecurity Problem for Today

Quantum readiness and resilience of the digital Economy

Live Q&A Session – Quantum Safe Cryptography Day 1

Introduction day 2

Public sector perspective on quantum safe cryptography

Challenges of moving to quantum safe technologies

Live Q&A Session – Quantum Safe Cryptography Day 2

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