Unveiling of the "Virtually Unhackable" Quantum Internet

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Network security is essential to small networks found in home to huge networks found in the corporate world. Its definition as per Cisco is any activity designed to protect the usability and integrity of your network and data. Basically, it refers to the various countermeasures put in place to protect the network and data stored on or passing through it. Till today, there is no network that is immune to attacks and data breach frequently occurs compared to the pre-modernization period. Hence, scientists aim to create a "virtually unhackable" network to create a safer and more secured data transmission.

On the 2nd quarter of 2020, US officials and scientists unveiled the blueprint for a more secure "virtually unhackable" internet based on quantum computing technology. In the blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet, Department of Energy (DOE) officials provided a report which states that laws of quantum mechanics were utilized in transmitting information with high security on present networks. In addition, the officials said that quantum technology could become the basis for a more secure internet architecture.

Around February of 2020, an 83-kilometer "quantum loop" in the suburbs of Chicago was created by scientists from DOE's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. It was known as one of the longest land-based quantum networks in the nation. The main objective is to create a prototype of a parallel, more secure network based on quantum "entanglement" or the transmission of sub-atomic particles within a decade. DOE added that early adopters include the banking and health services sectors along with the national security and aircraft communications. The development of the coming quantum internet received an initial funding from the US government. Moreover, 17 national laboratories of the agency will serve as the backbone for this research.

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