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KETS on Mars

We’re very excited to announce that alongside our QTEC friends at QLM, we’re taking part in Mission 2 of Seraphim Space Camp, the world’s first dedicated accelerator for global start-ups in the SpaceTech industry.

Launched by Seraphim Capital, Space Camp is being run from the London St. Paul’s offices of global law firm and Space Camp delivery partner Dentons. Our other partners include Inmarsat, Rolls-Royce and Cyient, as well as the UK and European space agencies, SA Catapult, and Capital Enterprise, alongside Seraphim Space Fund partners including Airbus, Surrey Satellite Technology, SES, and Telespazio.

Chris, our CEO commented, “Seraphim Space Camp provides us with  a unique opportunity to get into SpaceTech at a very early stage and in particular is giving us access to key primes who we would otherwise find it hard to engage directly – particularly as we have the only form factor which could ultimately make space QKD a reality.”

Space Camp Director, Rob Desborough said: “We’re excited to welcome a new cohort to the Space Camp programme, expanding on the first cohort to help ten startups. This follows the incredible response to the first cohort, with four out of the six members each securing offers of investment of at least £1m.

We are looking to identify the top 1% of seed-stage SpaceTech start-ups to participate in Space Camp, and it was a rigorous process with our partners to narrow down the applicants to the final 10 start-ups that have now embarked on Mission.

 

KETS partners with Kx to power future quantum communications technologies

We are delighted today to announce a partnership with Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, to power our communications technology platform. Kx is a suite of enterprise-level products centered around kdb+, the world’s fastest time series database which has the ability to store and process data at unparalleled speeds using a very small footprint. By using Kx for our quantum encryption products, we are able to provide faster development, rapidly evolve platforms and enhance platform cross-compatibility.

Chris Erven, KETS CEO, commented: “Quantum encryption requires vast amounts of raw data to be streamed, processed and stored. The in-memory computing and real time, high performance capabilities of Kx technology make Kx the ideal partner to enhance our product suite, remove well-known bottlenecks, and attack our target markets with products that just were not possible before.”

Brian Conlon, Chief Executive Officer of Kx, commented: “We are delighted that KETS has chosen Kx to support its exciting development in next generation quantum-based technologies. Combining KETS’ expertise with our Kx technology has the potential to revolutionize the encryption market with quantum security techniques and deliver new solutions across a number of industry verticals.”

For more information on the announcement and Kx you can read the full press release on their website.

 

About Kx and FD

Kx is a division of FD, a global technology provider with 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest finance, technology, retail, pharma, manufacturing and energy institutions. Kx technology, incorporating the kdb+ time-series database, is a leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence. Kx delivers the best possible performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications across multiple industries. The Group operates from 14 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including its headquarters in Newry, and employs more than 2,300 people worldwide.

KETS named “UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018” at Infosec Europe

We were honoured this week to be named winner of the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year 2018.

After the Semi-final last month, we were one of 13 companies selected to feature in  the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe at London’s Olympia. Infosec is the region’s number one information security event and features Europe’s largest and most comprehensive conference programme with over 400 exhibitors showcasing the most relevant information security solutions and products to 19,500+ information security professionals.

KETS’ co-founder and Technical Head of Sales, Jake Kennard pitched in the final on Wednesday to an expert judging panel including:

– Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, Darktrace
– Nicola Whiting, Chief Strategy Officer, Titania
– Chris Marwood, GM Managed Security Services, BT
– Nazo Moosa, Senior Strategic Partner, Paladin Capital Group
– Gary Brailsford-Hart, Director of Information & CISO, City of London Police

The final was chaired by Martin Chalmers, Managing Director, Aerospace Defence, Security & Technology of competition sponsors, SNC Lavalin Atkins. Competition was tight and the judges took some time to deliver their final decision.

After receiving the award, Jake said, “Being recognised as the UK’s most innovative small cyber security company amongst such strong competition is a real honour and testament to all the hard work that our team has put in to KETS.”

KETS’ CEO and co-founder, Chris Erven, who was there to support Jake in the final added, “We didn’t expect this at all, the competition from the other finalists was really strong and all the pitches were excellent. We’re very excited about 2018 and bringing KETS’ technology to the market; none of which would be possible without the support of DCMS and the Academic Cyber Start-ups Programme. As a bonus, in Jake’s next career he’s going to be a model; he was excellent at taking photographic direction!”

 

 

KETS through to final of “UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018″

KETS has joined 3 other startups as a finalist for the title of UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company after winning the semi final of the DCMS Cyber Innovation Competition.

KETS will be joining some of the brightest stars in the UK cyber innovation industry after taking part in the “Pitchfest” event to reach the shortlist for a national competition to find the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year. The event, organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and sponsored by SNCLavalin Atkins, and celebrating its fourth year, was hosted by EY saw 25 small cyber security businesses present their new technologies in a series of two-minute timed pitches. From these pitches, 13 winners were selected to win a stand in the Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe 2018, the region’s no.1 information security event, taking place at Olympia, London in June.

As part of the winning package, all 13 companies win a stand at this year’s Infosecurity Europe in the show’s Cyber Innovation Zone, two 15 x minute speaking opportunities in the show’s Cyber Innovation Showcase theatre and marketing and PR support. From the 13, the top four companies, including KETS,  were chosen to go through to the final to compete for the title of the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018. Each company will pitch their technology/service to the Keynote Stage audience and an expert judging panel at Infosecurity Europe on Wednesday 6 June, 14:00-16:00, in Olympia’s Conference Centre.

Cate Pye, Executive Director at Ernst & Young, and competition judge, said; “Cyber is now a C-Suite issue. There are a large number of disruptors coming over the next year and the future of cyber is innovation. What we have seen in the winners is the ability of UK companies to spot the next challenge and start addressing them today”.

Dave Butler, Client Director at SNC-Lavalin Atkins business, added: “It is wonderful to see such great innovation in the cyber world and Atkins is pleased to sponsor the event. I am continually impressed with the breadth and depth of innovation that we see each year.”

Jake Kennard, KETS Head of Technical Sales (pictured below) commented“the opportunity to have a presence at Infosec Europe is massive for an early stage SME like KETS and will allow us to reach a vast array of potential clients. Of course, we’re also delighted to be through to the final four and to be in contention for the title of UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company.” 

KETS has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport since 2017 through the Cybersecurity Academic Startups Programme. Since the end of the pilot programme, the company has continued to work with the DCMS team, recently joining them as one of a number of supported SMEs in the innovation zone at CYBERUK.

 

About Infosecurity Europe.

Strategically held annually in London, Europe’s centre for technology start-up businesses, Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest and most comprehensive Information Security event. Featuring numerous analysts, policy experts, journalists and over 400 exhibitors, Infosecurity Europe presents an invaluable business platform, as well as staging the world’s largest complimentary conference programme containing 240+ free to attend conference sessions which have been accredited by leading industry associations (ISC)² and ISACA since 2012. The event attracts over 19,500 unique information security industry professionals attending from every segment of the industry and presents the most important date in the calendar for information security professionals across Europe.

KETS at the Bristol Quantum Information Technologies (BQIT) Workshop 2018

Around 200 quantum scientists, engineers, mathematicians and industrial experts from around the world descended upon Bristol earlier this month for the fifth annual Bristol Quantum Information Technologies (BQIT) workshop hosted by the University of Bristol.

The workshop included, as always, an industry perspective of quantum technologies – with updates on our Innovate UK project (Q-DOS Lite) presented by our partners, Airbus. We also heard from the Bristol based Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) and the new Quantum Technology Innovation Centre (QTIC) and there was a particularly energetic discussion around UKRI’s plan for the next phase of the National Quantum Technology Programme.

KETS was honoured to be one of the event sponsors and provide the prize for best poster, which, after much deliberation was awarded to Carmen Palacios Berraquero from the University of Cambridge for her work on deterministic single photon sources on a chip, with honourable mentions also going to Bristol’s Felipe Ortiz-Huerta and Stasja Stanisic.

Chris Erven, KETS CEO said “The standard of work on display and the technical communication skills demonstrated by each poster was outstanding – choosing a winner was very difficult indeed. Bristol is KETS’ home and having been part of the brilliant work going on in QETLabs for many years, it was amazing for us to be able to attend as a sponsor this year.”

 

The Bristol Quantum Information Technologies workshop, is a venture by the University of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Technology Labs, whose aim is to deliver a radically new generation of machines that exploit quantum physics to transform our lives, society and economy.

KETS joins DCMS at CYBERUK 2018

This April, the team from KETS will be heading to CYBERUK 2018 as one of a number of innovative cyber SMEs selected to be part of the DCMS Innovation Zone. The Innovation Zone companies will be taking part in a “Cyber Den” event judged by NCSC Technical Directors and key industry representatives who will be identifying and recognising the best and most important solutions.  The “Cyber Den” will take place on the Spotlight Stage in the Exhibition Hall from 14.15 to 15.45 on Tuesday 10 April.

KETS has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport since 2017 through the Cybersecurity Academic Startups Programme. Since the end of the pilot programme, KETS has continued to go from strength to strength, building relationships and strengthening strategic client partnerships in order to speed up product development and attract new interest and potential customers.

Jake Kennard, KETS’ Head of Sales said, “CYBERUK represents a fantastic opportunity for KETS to widen its reach to potential customers and reach new market verticals. Our products; the quantum random number generator (QRNG) and the quantum key distribution (QKD) system have both been viewed as vital for next generation security products – as demonstrated by our success with engaging both defence and telecommunication primes. However, many smaller companies and market sectors remain unaware of the catastrophic upcoming cryptography vulnerabilities and the benefits of using quantum-secure communications and quantum random numbers.”

Caroline Clark, KETS’ Director of Operations added, “as one of the major cyber security conferences in the UK, CYBERUK brings together a diverse community of cyber security experts, industries and policy makers and the opportunity to exhibit there will allow KETS to raise awareness of upcoming problems and our technology solutions, gaining more traction in the market, forming more partnerships and acquiring more clients and ultimately allowing KETS to grow as a business.”

Please do visit us in the Innovation Zone and learn more about KETS’ technology and the role of DCMS in supporting the sector. Or follow us on Twitter @kets_quantum as we’ll be updating throughout the event.

For more info on the Innovation Zone and CYBERUK 2018 visit the Cyber Exchange website.

KETS and Airbus partner on Innovate UK grant to secure UAVs with quantum encryption

KETS Quantum Security Ltd is delighted to be working with partners; Airbus, ID Quantique and the Universities of Oxford and Bristol to develop a low-weight, high-speed free-space optical communication system with highly secure quantum encryption and eavesdropping detection.

This project is funded, in part, by Innovate UK – the UK’s innovation agency which recently announced the winners of £14m of national investment into this area. It is part of the £270m government investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, with a mission to support the translation of revolutionary technology from the lab into the commercial market.

Innovate UK projects must be collaborations between one or more businesses, normally at small/medium-sized enterprises level (SME). Looking to be at the forefront of the new quantum revolution, Innovate UK has invested in these cutting-edge start-ups looking to take quantum technology out of the lab and into the real world. At the same time, they are encouraging close academic involvement from the labs which these technologies came from.

KETS’ CTO and former University of Bristol Quantum Technology Enterprise Fellow, Philip Sibson said. “This is an exciting year for us and this project presents a fantastic opportunity for KETS to demonstrate our chip to chip QKD system in a working prototype.  Working with partners such as Airbus means that we also have the benefit of their expertise and experience to ensure that the technology we’ve been developing for years in the lab translates successfully into real world applications. “

The project, which runs until March 2019 will see the development and demonstration of a very low Size Weight and Power (SWaP), QKD enabled unit suitable for the primary target of this proposal; the UAV market. Future potential applications also include space platforms, telecommunications (ground fibre based systems) and critical infrastructure; bringing with it end-users from finance, government, and data centres.

KETS’ Head of Technical Sales, Jake Kennard added, “Both the desktop demonstrator and the prototype UAV system we’re developing will provide an excellent way to demonstrate our technology to these other markets. We’re certainly not taking the easy route starting with drones!”

 

Quantum talk with Telecom Infra Project.

KETS at the TIP Summit in Santa Clara, Nov 2017

Ahead of our trip to Mobile World Congress this week, Chris spoke to June Shin McCarthy, Manager of the TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centres (TEAC). TEAC is part of the global Telecom Infra Project (TIP) initiative that aims to shake up the traditional approach to building and deploying telecoms network infrastructure. The ‘ecosystem acceleration centres’ host start-ups backed by a $170m (£135m) London investment fund. The centres, at Adastral Park and in London’s Tech City, are run by BT and give start-ups like us direct collaboration with leading experts from BT, the TIP community and Facebook.

Q. In a nutshell, what technology solution does KETS offer?

Data security is critical to a wide variety of customers including defence, telecoms, and critical infrastructure; bringing with it end-users from finance, government, and data centres. KETS offers secure communications using future-proof, scalable, and easily-deployed hardware. The team has developed the world’s first integrated, on-chip quantum secured encryption technologies – from quantum random number generators to full quantum key distribution devices.

Q. Why are these technologies important?

You and I actually use encryption every day, from paying for your coffee on your card to logging into your email and bank account.  You can find uses from finance, to medical records, to critical infrastructure.  Security of information technology is one of the key problems we believe will define the next evolution in IT.  Even as machine learning, AI, and a myriad of other technologies crowd the spotlight, fundamentally if you can’t communicate securely you’re very limited in your applications. And on a personal level, we think everyone deserves the right to privacy.

Q. Tell us about your team

Philip Sibson, our CTO & Co-Founder, is arguably the world leader in integrated photonic systems for quantum communication. He is the lead developer behind the world’s first chip-to-chip QKD demonstration and the main inventor on both of KETS’ patents. Jake Kennard, our Technical Sales Lead & co-founder is busy educating potential customers on their need  for KETS technology. Jake has in-depth technical knowledge and many years of experience in integrated photonics. Our Director of Operations, Caroline Clark, is driving KETS’ multiple projects forward and helping us to build our business systems. We also work with a non-executive director, Claudio Marinelli whose advice has been invaluable on our journey so far.

You can read the whole of this interview in the latest TEAC newsletter.

What does quantum computing mean for the world’s best security systems?

Quantum computers are on the rise, with increasing numbers of well-funded start-ups (e.g. Regetti), big businesses (like Intel, Google, and Microsoft) significantly investing in to development, and bigger breakthroughs at an increasingly faster rate.

The world of information security should be taking notice as current public key cryptography is in danger. Efficient quantum algorithms are known to crack the underlying problems behind RSA and elliptic curve, and, as highlighted in the Times this past week, this problem is becoming more mainstream than ever before. In a surprising move a little over a year ago, the US NSA declared that the algorithms it had insisted were the best way to lock up secret data just weren’t safe anymore; no longer recommending a change to elliptic curve, but instead, preparation for quantum resistant algorithms.

KETS CTO, Philip Sibson commented: “Post-Quantum algorithms are analogous to modern public key crypto, but instead of finding mathematical problems that are not only hard for a classical computer to solve, they must also be inefficient for a quantum computers as well. This approach will certainly be adopted for many security applications, but with quantum computers in their infancy and much still to be understood about their computational power, these techniques suffer from greater uncertainty about their claims of security, with many proposed solutions being retracted after efficient algorithms are found to crack them (e.g. GCHQ’s Soliloquy public-key cryptosystem).

Quantum resistant security, doesn’t just have to be software, and can benefit from our hardware based technologies. Quantum random numbers can strengthen algorithmic security, providing a solid foundation from truly random and unpredictable numbers and quantum key distribution (QKD) can share the most secure symmetric digital keys for security protocols like encryption. We are using the properties of quantum mechanics to fight the threats that quantum technologies pose.”

This step towards improved levels of security is crucial in the coming years. Quantum computers are coming, and purport to break our current encryption with ease. Critical infrastructure, industrial IoT, and network security are under greater and greater stress to provide robust and reliable services.

Contact us today (enquiry@kets-quantum.com) to find out more about our technology and the solutions we can provide to counter the quantum computers of the near future.

KETS at Mobile World Congress 2018

 

The KETS team are heading off to the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. As part of the TEAC programme and based within the Facebook private space, the team will exhibiting our latest secure communications systems and will be ready to answer your questions on Monday 26th Feb and Wednesday 28th Feb.

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona, 26 February – 1 March 2018.

The UK Telecom Infra Project Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC) is based at BT Lab facilities in London’s Tech City and Adastral Park, Suffolk. Telecom Infra Project (TIP)  was founded last year by EE, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Nokia, Intel and SK Telecom. TIP is a global movement comprising more than 450 operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies who want to challenge and transform the traditional approach to building and deploying telecoms network infrastructure. KETS is one of three UK SMEs to win a place on the programme.