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Accenture and SandboxAQ unite to safeguard against AI threats and cyber attacks

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– Accenture and SandboxAQ are partnering to deliver AI and quantum computing solutions for cybersecurity
– The collaboration aims to help organizations identify and remediate vulnerabilities in the face of AI-driven cyber threats and quantum-based decryption attacks

Accenture and SandboxAQ have joined forces to provide organizations with artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing solutions to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Recent research from Accenture highlights the top concern for executives in 2024 as the ability to adapt to technological advancements, including AI. Cybercriminals are increasingly using AI-enabled tools to launch ransomware attacks and obtain sensitive data. In response, companies are transitioning to a zero-trust architecture and strengthening cryptographic management.

The partnership between Accenture and SandboxAQ will offer comprehensive AI-enabled cryptographic management using SandboxAQ’s Security Suite. This solution allows organizations to scan all files, applications, and network traffic to ensure the security of their data, even in the event of a breach. The goal is to help companies defend against emerging threats posed by quantum computing-based decryption attacks, which are expected to become more prevalent as quantum computing advances.

Paolo Dal Cin, global lead of Accenture Security, emphasizes the need to defend against targeted and precise cyberattacks enabled by AI and generative AI. The partnership with SandboxAQ will equip organizations with the necessary tools to proactively mitigate cybersecurity and quantum risks.

Accenture will leverage SandboxAQ’s AI and simulation solutions, currently being used for drug discovery and materials science acceleration, as well as the company’s quantum sensing solutions, which are being tested in navigation systems and medical imaging devices. The collaboration aims to enhance clients’ cybersecurity infrastructure and develop next-generation AI simulations.

The two companies are currently assisting a global nonprofit health organization in mitigating quantum risks. This multi-phased approach identifies cryptographic vulnerabilities across networks, third parties, vendors, and public networks in over 100 countries. By reducing risks associated with newly vulnerable cryptographic protocols, the nonprofit can lower operating costs and expedite the deployment of healthcare solutions.

In preparation for the post-quantum era, Accenture has developed an eight-step roadmap and partnered with leading technology providers such as SandboxAQ. The collaboration with SandboxAQ, along with other ventures, strengthens Accenture’s ability to provide clients with secure data and communication technology. Accenture has also introduced the Quantum Security Maturity Index, allowing corporate boards and executives to assess their quantum security infrastructure and identify areas for improvement.

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