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 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!”

 

KETS showcasing our technology at the Cybersecurity Showcase Day

KETS was privileged to take part in Phase2 of the Cybersecurity Academic Startups Programme, supporting the Develop strand of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

Funded by DCMS in partnership with Innovate UK, the programme provided support for the development of our prototypes and allowed us to develop connections and with relevant businesses and industrialists from across the UK.

October 19 was ‘Showcase Day’ held at Level 39 , Canary Wharf which proved to be a fantastic networking setting.

Click here to view highlights of the day (skip to 0:35 to hear from our Head of Technical Sales, Jake Kennard).

Jake commented “this showcase is really vital to small hardware startup companies like us. It’s all about commercially validating everything we’ve been working on in the lab.”

KETS founding team attend TIP Summit in California, USA

KETS founders Chris Erven, Phil Sibson and Jake Kennard.

Last week, our founding team were one of three UK SMEs showcasing their technology at the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit 2017 in Santa Clara, California. With thought-provoking keynotes and insightful technical presentations from BT, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Reliance Jio and Telefonica, this was an excellent opportunity to KETS to showcase our QKD and Integrated Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) technologies.

The TIP conference didn’t disappoint and allowed us to gain huge exposure for KETS, particularly with Mansoor (Hanif) from BT, June (Shin McCarthy) from TIP, and the other Telcos really highlighting the TEAC companies throughout the Summit. The footfall we got from potential investors, partners, and customers was much heavier than anything we expected – with lots of great contacts we’re already following up with.

Our CEO, Chris commented: “The TIP programme is crucial for start-ups like KETS, as VCs typically shy away from those looking to engage with large Telcos because of their long sales cycles. TIP and the TEAC programme really shows that Telcos are investing in next generation innovation and trying to move more quickly; this is great for KETS, since we believe we really have something of value to protect our telecommunications networks with the unprecedented security our chip-scale quantum encryption can offer.”

TEAC companies at the TIP Summit 2017

 

Bristol to be the centre of the quantum tech industry in the UK

Photo of KETS CTO Phil Sibson

The University of Bristol has this week, announced plans to establish the world’s first open access Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre, focusing on taking quantum research from the lab and into the commercial world and positioning the UK as a global leader in the field.

The £43 million Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC) has been funded in partnership by £15 million from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), £21 million from industrial partners and £7 million from the University of Bristol. It will be based in the University’s new enterprise campus, to be built in the heart of the city.

KETS CEO, Chris Erven said “Together, we can capitalise on the very large investment in quantum technology in the UK. We look forward to being one of the first tenants of QTIC, as we strive to grow KETS into a vibrant, expanding, and innovative digital communications security company empowering next generation IT systems and leading the Quantum 2.0 revolution.”

“QTIC looks to bring networks of people and different application areas together with new technologies to foster radically different ideas and this is exactly what companies like ours will need to be successful in this new and emerging market.”

The Government has already shown its commitment to making the UK a ‘go-to’ place for the development and commercialisation of quantum technologies, investing £270 million over five years into a National Quantum Technologies Programme to accelerate the translation of quantum technologies into the marketplace.

The University of Bristol, where KETS technology was developed, is a major partner in two Quantum Hubs and predicts through its current QT enterprise programme that it will help to establish over 40 new quantum businesses as a result, which in turn will benefit from the facilities on offer at QTIC.

 

KETS announced as Telecom Infra Project start-up competition winners

BT, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and Facebook today announced KETS as one of the first three small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to be admitted into the UK Telecom Infra Project Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC), based at BT Lab facilities in London’s Tech City and Adastral Park, Suffolk.

The TEAC initiative is part of TIP which 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, along with the two other SMEs (Zeetta Networks andUnManned Life), will join the TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC) in the UK, a programme announced by BT, TIP and Facebook earlier this year, which will help SMEs working in the field of network infrastructure to bring their innovative ideas to market more rapidly.

This is a fantastic opportunity for KETS and QKD technology development in the UK. We are extremely grateful and excited about our involvement in the project.

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