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 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 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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