Senetas and Thales Launch World’s First Resilient Quantum Network Encryption Solution
PARIS LA DEFENSE – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Thales and Senetas have collaborated to launch the world’s first quantum-resistant network encryption solution capable of protecting customer data (at speeds of up to 100 Gbps) against future quantum attacks. Considered one of the most significant threats to cybersecurity, quantum computing is expected to make many current security methods such as encryption obsolete.
With estimates that a quantum computer operating outside of a lab environment will be a reality in the next five to ten years, minimum security requirement standards are being developed to protect data in a quantum world. . The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is currently selecting finalists from quantum encryption algorithms under development. In anticipation of this, the collaboration between Thales and Senetas supports the current finalists (including Thales’s Falcon algorithm), allowing an easy transition to the winning formula which is expected to be chosen by NIST in 2022. The solution also supports the latest European Telecommunication Standards Institute standards on how quantum keys are created, protected and distributed – an important and emerging security capability that has application use in 5G networks.
By allowing customers to combine conventional and quantum resilient encryption into a single network security platform, the solution also provides long-term data protection in a quantum world. Hackers who harvest encrypted data today will not be blocked when they attempt to break data with high computing power in the future. Adopting the new standards will protect all critical data and continue to make data useless without the right key.
“As quantum computing becomes a reality, organizations around the world should develop a quantum security strategy and start planning to implement quantum-resistant encryption as soon as possible. It is the first to market a high-speed network encryption platform that provides quantum-resistant encryption with today’s encryption technology. Our government, defense and enterprise customers can make a secure transition to a future quantum secure world knowing that data is protected for the long term, ”said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Senetas.
“It is essential that companies understand that not all current encryption standards are suitable for a quantum world. Hackers know the quantum is coming and are actively working to steal data now so they can access it in the future, and large organizations and multinationals are most at risk due to compliance and privacy mandates. Companies can’t afford to wait, now is the time to review their quantum security strategy, ”said Todd Moore, vice president of encryption solutions at Thales.
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a world leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and deep tech innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future that is crucial for the development of our societies. The Group makes available to its customers – companies, organizations and governments – in the fields of defense, aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security solutions, services and products that help them fulfill their critical role, with the consideration of the individual being the driving force. behind all decisions.
Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries.