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Encrypt your data in advance of quantum computing, says Adva

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Munich-based network equipment company Adva says it has an optical encryption solution to protect data against cyberattacks from quantum computers.

The product, called ConnectGuard, combines post-quantum cryptography (PQC) with classical encryption methods, says Adva, in a system it says is intended to be used over long-haul and multi-operator links.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is already working on quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms, ready for the day when quantum computers can break many of the public-key cryptosystems currently in use.

That day is coming closer, with the arrival this year of quantum computing-as-a-service technology, and the likely availability in 2022 of quantum computers to buy.

Adva CTO Christoph Glingener (pictured, left), said: “We’re providing long-term security for data in motion. What’s more, our solution is ready to be upgraded later to comply with emerging specifications.”

His colleague Jörg-Peter Elbers (pictured, right), senior VP for advanced technology, warned: “Organisations everywhere have woken up to the security threat that quantum computing represents. With many experts anticipating powerful commercially available quantum computers in the next decade, it’s now widely understood that the danger is very real and the stakes are enormously high.”

Glingener added: “Our customers’ data will be fully protected even from cybercriminals’ intent on harvesting information so that they can store it today and exploit it tomorrow.” 

Elbers said: “That’s why we’ve invested so much time and energy into developing the world’s first transport solution ready for the challenges ahead.”

 

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