QuSecure and US government coordinate post-quantum encryption communication

On July 12, San Mateo, CA-based QuSecure, Inc. announced the U.S. federal government is currently orchestrating the world’s first-ever post-quantum encryption communication over a government network by utilizing its QuProtect PQC solution. QuProtect is the industry’s first end-to-end PQC software-based solution uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels.

The government is leveraging QuSecure’s unique post-quantum cryptographic algorithm on its legacy systems at a combined Air Force, Space Force and NORAD location. The quantum-resilient deployment has 100-percent uptime protecting data that previously used standard encryption, with no increased bandwidth or latency issues through QuProtect’s quantum tunnel. Data currently being transmitted cannot be decrypted by others unless they have the QuProtect system, and any adversary collecting the protected data to store will be unlikely to decrypt it in the future, even with a quantum computer.

“This is extremely significant because the U.S. Government has not employed a post-quantum communications channel on premises before,” said Pete Ford, QuSecure head of federal operations. “The QuProtect platform is performing exceptionally well with uninterrupted, continuous quantum channel uptime protecting formerly classically encrypted and quantum vulnerable asymmetric keys.”

This event was possible due to activities around QuSecure’s evaluation for, and eventually winning, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Federal Government procurement contract for PQC solutions. Announced last month, QuSecure has been established as the government’s leading provider of PQC solutions, setting the standard for Government’s PQC requirements. This is the Government’s first and only Phase III designation aimed at addressing end-to-end comprehensive solutions to the post-quantum threat, and further emphasizes the need to deploy PQC for classical and future quantum attacks, the company said.

Source: QuSecure

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