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Details As quantum computing becomes more accessible, what will the impacts be on cybersecurity and data scientist? Can a quantum computer help solve the hard problems facing cybersecurity experts? Please join us in October to learn how D-Waves quantum computer works and how it is changing cyber security analysis.


6:30 PM — Networking & Food

7:00 PM — Greetings

7:05 PM — Cybersecurity Analytics on a D-Wave Quantum Computer – Steve Reinhardt


JHU APL Building[masked] Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel, MD 20723


Building 200 is in the South campus. There is ample free parking that surrounds the building.


Cybersecurity Analytics on a D-Wave Quantum Computer Effective cybersecurity analysis requires frequent exploration of graphs of many types and sizes, the computational cost of which can be overwhelming if not carefully chosen. After briefly introducing the D-Wave quantum computing system, we describe an analytic for finding “lateral movement” in an enterprise network, i.e., an intruder or insider threat hopping from system to system to gain access to more information. This analytic depends on maximum independent set, an NP-hard graph kernel whose computational cost grows exponentially with the size of the graph and so has not been widely used in cyber analysis. The growing strength of D-Wave’s quantum computers on such NP-hard problems will enable new analytics. We discuss practicalities of the current implementation and implications of this approach.


Steve Reinhardt has built hardware/software systems that deliver new levels of performance usable via conceptually simple interfaces, including Cray Research’s T3E distributed-memory systems, ISC’s Star-P parallel-MATLAB software, and YarcData/Cray’s Urika graph-analytic systems. He now leads D-Wave’s efforts working with customers to map early applications to D-Wave systems. Steve can be emailed at [masked]


D-Wave Systems is the world’s first quantum computing company and the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Our systems are being used by world-class organizations and institutions including Lockheed Martin, Google, NASA, USC, USRA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Volkswagen, and many others. D-Wave has been granted over 160 U.S. patents and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals. More information can be found at