QuSecure wins SBIR Phase III cybersecurity contract
On June 29, San Mateo, CA-based QuSecure, Inc., a provider of post-quantum cybersecurity (PQC), today announced the U.S. Federal Government has awarded QuSecure with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Federal Government procurement contract for PQC solutions after executing a successful PQC pilot project deployed at a federal facility.
The contract is for QuProtect, the industry’s first end-to-end PQC software-based solution designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels. This is the federal government’s first and only Phase III designation aimed at addressing end-to-end comprehensive solutions to the post-quantum threat, and further emphasizes today’s need to deploy PQC for classical and future quantum attacks.
“With this award, the United States government is once again taking steps to lead the charge in defending against post-quantum threats,” said United States Navy (Retired) Rear Admiral Mike Brown, a senior cybersecurity specialist formerly with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. “It recognizes QuSecure’s capability and supports scaling post-quantum cryptography commercially, federally, and especially for the warfighter. QuSecure has brought together a team of dedicated quantum technology experts, cryptographers, former defense and intelligence community members, business professionals, and serial entrepreneurs who are leading critical advancements and ensuring post-quantum protection for all our nation’s infrastructure and enterprise business.”
“After a successful pilot project which showed QuProtect deployed at a federal facility, the Federal Government immediately awarded QuSecure a Phase III contract and has officially recognized QuSecure’s QuProtect as invaluable toward its post-quantum cybersecurity requirements,” said Pete Ford, QuSecure Head of Federal Operations. “We are thrilled and proud to be named the Federal Government’s first PQC provider. These requirements are identified as a near-term need and substantial funding – including from directives such as the Presidential Memorandums and the Endless Frontiers Act – have already been earmarked to begin this work immediately. With QuSecure setting the standard for Federal PQC requirements, this will provide security and privacy uniformity across all industries involved in digital data transaction and storage, driving post-quantum safety for our nation’s infrastructure and defense capabilities.”
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