Michael Hermus, former Department of Homeland Security CTO and CEO & Managing Partner at Revolution Four Group, discusses the changing role of technology in defense, and the disruptive impact quantum computing is going to have on cybersecurity.
As technology becomes a larger part of our daily lives, it also has grown as a battlefield. The race for technological superiority in the military is gaining momentum. Michael Hermus, former Department of Homeland Security CTO and CEO & Managing Partner at Revolution Four Group, believes that the two most important technological pursuits in warfare are artificial intelligence and quantum computing. “I think artificial intelligence is like the advent of electricity. I think it is going to be that revolutionary. It can’t be over stated how impactful that is going to be. Quantum computing is like a very significant disruptive advance in computing technology that is going to enable other technologies, including artificial intelligence,” said Hermus. “Somebody who achieves quantum supremacy… will have an inherent advantage in the cyber domain. One of the things quantum computing is very good at is factoring large numbers. Our entire cybersecurity system is based on public-key cryptography. If someone achieves significant levels of quantum computing capability, they will be able to decrypt everything we have right now.”