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 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.

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.

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.