Thales & Quantinuum: Quantum-Resilient Data Security

Thales and Quantinuum's groundbreaking PQC Starter Kit offers a trusted lab environment for testing and securing data against emerging quantum threats

The advent of quantum computers is reshaping our approach to data security, with alarming predictions of current cryptosystems becoming vulnerable within five years.

Enter Thales and Quantinuum, introducing the PQC Starter Kit to assist enterprises in gearing up for Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC). This innovative kit, the first of its kind, empowers businesses to test quantum-hardened PQC-ready encryption keys within a trusted environment, comprehending the implications quantum computing brings to infrastructure security.

“We understand the enormous challenges and complexities behind this upcoming disruption in cryptography and want to support customers as they transition to these new algorithms,” comments Todd Moore, Global Head of Data Security Products at Thales. “For organisations unsure of navigating this transition, we highly recommend testing current applications, data, and devices that use cryptographic protection as soon as possible to ensure a smooth shift to PQC. Although quantum computing may seem like a future-looking risk, with hackers using HNDL tactics, post-quantum resilience should be on every organisation’s radar today.”

Decrypting the threat landscape

A recent report by DigiCert highlights that 74% of organisations fear 'harvest now, decrypt later' (HNDL) attacks, where encrypted data is collected for future decryption.

Research suggests that within three years, there is a one in seven chance that quantum computers will break the most used computer encryption systems — this number goes as high as 50% by 2031,” Andersen Cheng, CEO of Post-Quantum told Technology Magazine recently. “Therefore, failing to secure your digital infrastructure against the threat of quantum computing leaves your data and systems vulnerable to attack.” 

Thales and Quantinuum's PQC Starter Kit positions itself as the essential tool for organisations to test within a trusted lab environment, using NIST proposed algorithms to assess various security use cases. Customers can observe the impact of implementing PQC technology in simulated test-lab scenarios without affecting operational processes in real-world environments.

As part of the kit, organisations can identify potential weaknesses in their encryption deployment and apply changes to IT infrastructure for enhanced protection.

“Hardening encryption keys is critical for the post-quantum era, and Quantum Origin is a unique technology that provides verifiable quantum randomness to maximise encryption key strength,” added Duncan Jones, Head of Cybersecurity at Quantinuum. “The combination of Quantum Origin and the Thales HSM is a strong solution for IT teams to help them with their PQC transition. We look forward to working with Thales to help smooth the shift to PQC.”

The PQC Starter Kit emerges as a crucial ally, urging organisations to prioritise post-quantum resilience in the face of imminent quantum computing threats.

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