Gov’t invests in quantum tech to combat cyber threats

It launches two quantum programmes to manage healthcare and finance data.

Two new quantum engineering programmes (QEP) were introduced to be one step ahead of "malicious actors" continue to proliferate cyber attacks, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said.

In a speech at the Asia Tech X Singapore Summit, Heng was discussing how cyber threats should be addressed by being “one step ahead of malicious actors.”

He said the cyber landscape is also evolving, with quantum technology as a game-changer to curb cybersecurity risks.

Whilst strong encryption is secure for digital networks, Heng warned that there is computing power to break the encryption.

He further pointed out that quantum computing, which is more than 150 million times faster than the fastest supercomputer, can be used to bridge the gaps in encryption.

With this, the government’s two QEP were launched to manage sensitive data related to healthcare and finance as well as deploy quantum-safe communication technology in energy grids.

These programmes include a national quantum computing hub, that will further strengthen talent development and get better access to quantum tech, and a national quantum fabless foundry, which will support micro and nanofabrication of quantum devices across partner cleanrooms. 

“Our investment in quantum computing and quantum engineering is part of our approach of trying to anticipate the future, and proactively shaping the future that we want,” said Heng.

Follow the links for more news on

Join Singapore Business Review community
Since you're here...

...there are many ways you can work with us to advertise your company and connect to your customers. Our team can help you dight and create an advertising campaign, in print and digital, on this website and in print magazine.

We can also organize a real life or digital event for you and find thought leader speakers as well as industry leaders, who could be your potential partners, to join the event. We also run some awards programmes which give you an opportunity to be recognized for your achievements during the year and you can join this as a participant or a sponsor.

Let us help you drive your business forward with a good partnership!