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ID Quantique and dacoso partner to offer quantum-safe data encryption in a highly secure and future-proof way

ID Quantique (IDQ), the world leader in quantum-safe security solutions, partners with dacoso, a renowned IT service provider specialising in highly secure data protection, to provide a future-proof path to Agile and Flexible Security.

Press release from ID Quantique
September 11th 2019 | 856 readers

Photo by Nahel Abdul Hadi on Unsplash
Photo by Nahel Abdul Hadi on Unsplash
dacoso offers solutions for Connectivity, Cyber Defence and Virtual Networking. As an IT service provider, dacoso addresses companies that need their data to be highly available and secure, without sacrificing agility. With the age of quantum computing on the horizon, bringing with it the computational power that will render most of today’s encryption algorithms obsolete, it is crucial that organisations equip themselves with the right tools to protect their sensitive data in this new threat landscape. Partnering with ID Quantique will enable customers to increase the dynamic performance of networks and ensure the highest level of security required in the coming quantum era.

“Quantum computing will have a profound impact on modern encryption methods; effectively rendering most of them obsolete. Quantum Key Distribution is an essential technology for data confidentiality and our partnership with ID Quantique ensures that we can provide customers with the best possible cybersecurity.” said Thomas Joswig, CEO of dacoso.

dacoso is integrating ID Quantique’s Quantum Key Distribution equipment into its current ADVA solution. ID Quantique has developed a solution based on quantum mechanics that can be used to determine whether an unauthorised person is monitoring the key exchange mechanism. In such a case data transmission stops and alarms are raised immediately.

“We are very excited to partner with dacoso at such a crucial time in the cybersecurity market. QKD offers unprecedented security, ensuring that organisations can protect their most important data from harm both now and into the future,” comments Grégoire Ribordy, CEO of ID Quantique.

The impact quantum computing will have on traditional encryption methods is clear. While brute force attacks using classical computers can take months to break through security, a quantum computer has the capability to break standard public key cryptography in a much shorter timeframe.

As commercial quantum computers are not yet available in the wider market, organisations may believe that they do not yet pose a risk to their data. In truth, the threat posed by future quantum computers does still affect data today. The ‘download now, decrypt later’ attack strategy, where cyber criminals steal data and store it for decryption when quantum technologies become widely available, puts all data encrypted with current standards at risk.

The only solution to provide provable forward secrecy if critical data is to implement quantum-safe encryption today. Quantum Key Distribution exploits a fundamental law of quantum physics – observation causes perturbation – to guarantee safe key exchange and preserve data integrity against both classical and quantum attack. Moreover, it ensures that data with a long shelf live is not vulnerable to immediate or future attacks.

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