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 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.

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.”

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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