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This report looks at changes in the encryption market, both in terms of delivery and the companies offering the technology. It also considers the challenge of quantum computing.


  • The next big challenge is already on the horizon, namely quantum computing and its ability to break all leading asymmetric encryption methods.

Features and Benefits

  • Describes how the encryption market has evolved in recent years.
  • Explains the two approaches to solving the quantum computing challenge to encryption.

Key questions answered

  • What is quantum key distribution?
  • How does quantum key distribution differ from post-quantum cryptography?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for service providers

Data breaches make the case for encryption

  • The breach tsunami advances unabated
  • Data security is mandated by the failures of edge and core

However, encryption has its challenges

  • Encryption is still not widely deployed
  • Custodians may be lax, but encryption is also hard and costly

The cloud and mobile change everything

  • The range of locations for data expands the attack surface
  • Delivering encryption from the cloud is also an opportunity

The competitive landscape is evolving

  • There has been steady M&A activity in HSM and encryption
  • New startups are emerging in cloud-based encryption

Quantum is the risk on the horizon

  • Quantum key distribution
  • Post-quantum cryptography


  • Further reading
  • Author