The best of both; combining hardware and software will enable real quantum-safe solutions.
Bristol based, KETS Quantum Security and Paris based, Cryptonext Security today announced that they would be working together to develop complete quantum-safe solutions, bringing together KETS’ integrated photonic hardware devices and Cryptonext’s quantum-resistant cryptography solutions. The commitment will allow the partners to build fully-integrated quantum-safe security solutions, designed to fight the potentially catastrophic security threat brought by quantum computing.
Ludovic Perret, CEO of CryptoNext said, “Deploying CryptoNext Security’s software library over KETS’ hardware chipsets is a great opportunity to exploit best quality randomness, avoiding widespread attacks ruining security of many root-of-trust technologies based on classical entropy sources.”
New security solutions will have to combine quantum cryptography hardware and quantum-resistant software solutions. By working together on this joint vision for the future, the partnership will combine the benefits of each into fuller, holistic solutions that are simpler for end users to deploy.
KETS’ CEO, Chris Erven added, “Real cyber security problems are complex, coming software and hardware enables full solutions. A partnership with CryptoNext will ensure our customers always have the best tool for the job.”
The combination is already attracting interest from industry. Both companies were selected as one of 8 companies in Thales’ Cyber@StationF accelerator. “Sharing advanced research expertise in areas such as physical sciences or cybersecurity unveils the potential to achieve the performance of our products, especially with the upcoming quantum revolution — and that is how we will be able to shape build better and safer technologies. We are very proud of this partnership between KETS and CryptoNext, as this cooperation arose from common research grounds at Station F, it really shows that the ecosystem is expanding successfully to face tomorrow’s challenges.” said Thales Group CTO, Marko Erman.
KETS and CryptoNext Security are portfolio companies of the Venture Capital fund Quantonation and work closely with the team based in Paris. Quantonation General Partner Christophe Jurczak added, “helping this partnership take place is an example of the value that a focused investor such as Quantonation is bringing, beyond finance. Both teams are extremely talented, and committed to deliver industry grade solutions.”
Quantum computers are a cyber security time bomb. Data can be already stored and will be decrypted once a powerful-enough quantum computer is available. The recent announcement of Google on quantum supremacy is yet another major milestone towards building such large quantum computers. The trend is clear and organizations must start now to protect their infrastructure against the quantum threat.