A sixteen-year-old boy from Ireland appears to have come up with a solution to the security problem posed by quantum computing’s superior decryption abilities. Shane Curran’s idea involves cutting up (or sharding) data and storing it in numerous locations (multijurisdictional), making its reassembly impossible.
Secure data storage is one of the hottest topics in cybersecurity. Curran’s qCrypt encryption key system recently won him the BT Young Scientist 2017 award and, if it proves effective, is likely to attract attention from major Internet giants and private businesses. If so, he could follow in the footsteps of his fellow young Irish tech pioneers the Collison brothers, whose online payment technology company Stripe was recently valued at $9bn.