Title: Digital quantum forensics: future challenges and prospects

Authors: Richard E. Overill

Addresses: Department of Informatics, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

Abstract: Recent developments in technology suggest that within the next one to two decades some form(s) of quantum computing device will become viable. Once such devices become generally available they will doubtless be employed by cyber-criminals to perform brute-force decryption tasks that were previously infeasible. This paper attempts to address the question of how digital forensic investigation techniques will need to develop in order to respond to the challenges posed by such future generation computing devices.

Keywords: quantum computation; digital forensics; quantum forensics; quantum computing; cybercriminals; cybercrime; decryption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITCC.2012.050410

International Journal of Information Technology, Communications and Convergence, 2012 Vol.2 No.3, pp.205 - 211

Available online: 14 Nov 2012

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