Preserving Truth and Trust via “TrUE” Quantum-Secure Cryptography

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In response to the potential quantum threat, quite a few quantum cybersecurity providers have popped up in recent years. But while many of them undoubtedly have very interesting ideas for quantum-secure data protection, only a few are truly ready for the quantum threat.

Quantropi strongly believes that a TrUE approach to quantum security is a prerequisite for the quantum threat landscape. Without Trust (Tr), Uncertainty (U), and Entropy (E), it’s impossible to achieve complete, end-to-end protection from quantum attacks.

Quantropi CTO went in-depth into the technical and practical details of Quantropi’s TrUE technologies and QiSpace™ in a 25-minute virtual talk at QCE21 IEEE Quantum Week, October 19th, 2021. You can listen to the talk below – it’s an enlightening introduction to TrUE and quantum data protection technologies in general.

If you’d like a quicker introduction to TrUE, keep reading!

What is TrUE?

TrUE is the set of three technologies that power Quantropi’s QiSpace™ enterprise quantum data protection solution. It’s thanks to TrUE technologies that QiSpace™ can deliver comprehensive protection to enterprise IT infrastructures, starting with on-premise data centers and ending with connected IoT devices or employee cell phones.

How can TrUE technologies provide end-to-end protection to enterprise infrastructures, and why are they so necessary for full quantum-proofing? To answer this question, we need to understand what TrUE actually is.

TrUE is built on the following three components or pillars:

  1. Trust (the Tr component in TrUE). This pillar is concerned with the establishment of an authenticated, trusted connection between communicating parties. From a technical standpoint, Trust can be established with public-key encryption or its successor quantum-secure cryptography. In QiSpace™, MASQ™ is the solution that ensures Trust.
  2. Uncertainty (the U component in TrUE). After Trust is established, Uncertainty can help you ensure that the information you pass over a trusted link stays hidden from eavesdroppers. You can achieve uncertainty by using symmetric encryption keys to protect sensitive data. QEEP™ is the Uncertainty data protection solution in QiSpace™.
  3. Entropy (the E component in TrUE). Entropy ensures the security of Trust and Uncertainty solutions. It does so by obscuring the key generation and distribution process from attackers. SEQUR™ is the Entropy solution in QiSpace™.

How Does TrUE Provide Full Enterprise Protection from Quantum Threats?

How do these three solutions provide end-to-end protection from quantum threats? The answer is as follows – TrUE technologies cover the process of key generation, distribution, and data encryption from beginning to end. Let’s explore this a bit more by taking a deeper look into how the three TrUE technologies work in practice:

  1. SEQUR™ can generate truly random numbers and cryptographic keys that you can use on any endpoint in your network infrastructure. Thanks to their outstanding degree of entropy, SEQUR™ random numbers enable highly secure cryptographic keys that cannot be predicted even with powerful quantum computers.
  2. MASQ™ asymmetric encryption can help you establish an authenticated communication channel that you can securely send data through. The two main use cases of MASQ™ are the secure exchange of symmetric encryption keys and the generation of digital signatures that can help you verify the authenticity of messages.
  3. QEEP™ symmetric encryption can help you protect the core data that you want to transfer between network endpoints. QEEP™ is optimized for resource-constrained devices and can thus secure everyday communications between any endpoint, regardless of its performance or latency needs.

Without SEQUR™, MASQ™ and QEEP™ wouldn’t have secure cryptographic keys; and without MASQ™, you wouldn’t be able to securely exchange your QEEP™ symmetric keys. Weak cryptographic keys can potentially be predicted, while symmetric keys transferred over unprotected channels can be easily intercepted.

Finally, without QEEP™ symmetric encryption, you wouldn’t be able to protect your data – like employee correspondence, software source code, or trade secrets – from quantum attacks. If your symmetric encryption system is weak, it doesn’t matter how random your numbers are or how well you can authenticate messages – you’ll be vulnerable.

MASQ™, QEEP™, and SEQUR™ were designed to work together to fully protect enterprise networks from quantum attacks. This is what TrUE security is all about – eliminating weak links in your network to make sure that you aren’t leaving easy entryways for attackers.

End-to-End Enterprise Network Protection with QiSpace™

Quantropi’s mission is to deliver novel cryptographic solutions that preserve truth and trust. As you think about your organization and your cryptographic and security needs, you think about needing capabilities that defend against today’s threats and tomorrow’s quantum-based attacks. You want them to be readily and easily deployable over any network, with minimum new investment, and you want them to protect your network end-to-end across any and all endpoints. You want them to be at today’s and tomorrow’s network speeds, with great computational and memory performance – and TrUE quantum security, both today and forever.

Quantropi’s TrUE data-secure solutions offer cutting-edge performance and protection for quantum-secure data protection. They can secure your infrastructure from the quantum threat at extremely long ranges with a minimal impact on performance – here’s how:

  • MASQ™ uses smaller keys and signatures than NIST PQC candidates. This makes it much more computationally efficient and allows it to quickly generate large streams of digital signatures and encrypt/decrypt data faster.
  • QEEP™ is as secure as AES-256 while being up to 18 times faster and up to 95% more power-efficient. With QEEP™, you can deliver quantum-secure cryptography to low-power devices without worrying about energy use and latency.
  • SEQUR™ can distribute true random numbers and cryptographic keys at ranges over 4,000 kilometers at speeds ranging from 130 to 190 megabits per second. This exceeds the performance of any other key distribution solution on the market.

For a quick introduction to TrUE, watch the video below.

TrUE technologies can be accessed through Quantropi QiSpace – a comprehensive suite of capabilities for today’s threats and tomorrow’s quantum attacks. QiSpace can seamlessly integrate into classical computer networks, so there is no need for you to switch to quantum computers to get the full potential of its benefits. Quantum-secure cryptography is already here, and you can start preparing for the threats of tomorrow right now.

Quantum-secure any application, product, network, or device with the QiSpace™ platform — without having to sacrifice performance or make major investments in new technology or infrastructure. See for yourself how only QiSpace™ offers TrUE quantum security via all three essential cryptographic functions. Leverage asymmetric encryption algorithms (the “Trust” or “Tr” of “TrUE”) via MASQ™, symmetric encryption (“U” for “Uncertainty”) via QEEP™ and strong random numbers (“E” for “Entropy”) via SEQUR™.  Make it TrUE with QiSpace™ — and protect your business, brand, and customer promise. Now and forever. 

To learn more about our quantum-secure solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts!

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Eric Chan

Eric Chan a.k.a. EEPMON is a Crypto / Digital Artist with 15 years in the industry – and Quantropi’s Creative Emissary. His hybrid fractal/digital creations have been seen in fashion, comics to museums and has exhibited worldwide. EEPMON’s collaborations include Canada Goose, MARVEL, Snoopy, Microsoft Xbox, Canada Science & Technology Museum and was a TEDx performing artist. In 2018 he represented Canada on its first Creative Industries Trade Mission led by Canada’s Minister of Heritage and serves on the Canadian Museums Association‘s Board of Directors. At the same time, he is currently completing his Master of Information Technology – Digital Media at Carleton University. 

Dafu Lou

Dafu is Quantropi’s Director of engineering. Prior to Quantropi, he served as a technical leader at Irdeto, a world-leading provider of digital platform security software, where he was responsible for white-box cryptography, cloaked CA secure core, and iOS/android application protection services, among others. Prior to Irdeto, Dafu served as a senior software engineer at SecureNex Systems, where he led the implementation of an SSL-VPN solution and ECC-based secure data storage & PKI. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2009. Dafu is also a part-time professor, teaching VLSI, Cryptography and other subjects at uOttawa.

Pauline Arnold

As James Nguyen’s EA, Pauline Arnold brings more than 40 years of experience in complementary customer service and administrative roles. Prior to Quantropi, she served 20 years as Branch Manager and an assistant in investments, and over 20 years at Metropolitan Life Canada in various aspects of the insurance sector – assisting clients, management and colleagues to complete tasks, solve problems, address questions and achieve goals. She also worked part-time for Royal Lepage Performance for 5+ years as a receptionist & admin, and for 5 years was chair of the TKFG’s charity golf tournament.

Bond Vo

Bond Vo is the Business Analyst of Quantropi. Along with Quantropi, Bond has been dynamic in accordance with a fast and evolving startup environment and is responsible in a wide range of areas including market research, funding, and more involved in the controller roles to oversee day to day accounting operation as well as build financing models and budget to achieve company’s ultimate goals/objectives. Bond has applied best practices consistently and successfully supports equity, debt, and non-dilutive funding for Quantropi since joint the team. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce concentrated in Finance from Carleton University. Outside of his professional career, Bond also participated in volunteer for the Vietnamese Immigration Student Association (VISA) to help and support students as well as newcomers in Canada.

Tina Wang

Tina develops websites and participates in a range of different projects, using new frameworks for front-end UI, along with Vuejs, Angula, Beego, Ruby on Rails, and Electron. She developed Quantropi’s desktop CipherSpace application by integrating Electron, Webassembly and Go, to ensure a good user experience, as well as perfect operating system compatibility. She is also part of the dynamic and efficient QKD-NODE project team. Tina is always looking for new ways to increase her knowledge, improve her technological proficiency and enhance her strong execution and implementation skills. Prior to Quantropi, Tina served as a full-stack web developer at Sunny Future, where she maintained a WordPress home site and managed the release of new content for the company.

Nick Kuang

As VP Corporate Services, Nick plans, directs and coordinates a wide range of activities aimed at achieving Quantropi’s vision of the Quantum Internet. He has a keen interest in transformative technologies and the possibilities they offer for bettering our everyday lives. A pharmacist by training, Nick nurtures teams with a focus on integrity and collaborative effort, coupled with strong attention to detail. With prior experience in a successful biotech start-up developing point-of-care test kits, he enjoys the fast pace and challenge of the start-up environment.

Alex He

Alex is a product-oriented project manager who bridges the gaps between the company’s engineering and commercial teams. He has over ten years of experience in the analysis, design and development of enterprise-class applications, with a particular focus on creating optimal user experiences (UX). Ever passionate about cybersecurity solutions that can deliver solid security without unreasonably sacrificing customer convenience, Alex is the lead inventor of a registered patent on user interface security. He is committed to helping ensure that the Agile software engineering team at Quantropi delivers consistently high-quality, high crypto-agility cybersecurity solutions for next-generation communications.

Michael Redding

Before joining Quantropi, Mike was Managing Director and co-founder of Accenture Ventures, where he grew a global portfolio of strategic partnerships and 38 equity investments in emerging technology startups.

During his nearly 30 years with Accenture, he incubated and launched technology innovations for enterprises across multiple geographies and industries. Ever-passionate about bold ideas with game-changing results, he speaks frequently on the impact of emerging technology on large organizations.

With a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton, and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern, Mike is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Accenture Foundation and Board Observer for startups Maana and Splice Machine.

Raj Narula, P.Eng.

A seasoned technology executive, business builder and angel investor, Raj has held operational and advisory roles in Recognia (Trading Central), Belair Networks (Ericsson), March Networks (Infinova), Sandvine (Procera), Neurolanguage (ADEC), Bridgewater Systems (Amdocs), Vayyoo (Cafex), TenXc (CCI), 1Mobility (Qualys) and others. Having divided his time among North America, EMEA and Asia-Pac for over 20 years, Raj speaks several languages. He grew up in Asia, Europe, South America and Canada, and holds a B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is also a co-founder and Charter Member of the Ottawa chapter of TiE (the Indus Entrepreneur).

Ken Dobell

Ken leads marketing strategy at Quantropi. In high demand as a consultant with 25 years’ experience in performance media and an award- winning creative background, he has completed successful transformations, (re)branding and product development mandates with KPMG, Keurig, Fidelity, Eddyfi, Coveo, and more, and provides digital advice to the CMA. Previously, Ken pivoted an offline advertising brokerage to a leading-edge, data-driven performance agency as President of DAC Digital, held a progression of international leadership roles with, pioneered a range of multi-channel initiatives as VP Marketing with a global franchisor, and introduced a mobile-first programmatic media offering to Canada within WPP.

Cory Michalyshyn

Cory brings a breadth of experience to the Quantropi team, working fractionally with multiple SaaS technology companies as CFO, and as the CFO with Celtic House Venture Partners. Prior to these roles, Cory was CFO and COO at Solink, and played a lead role in the metrics-led pivot to a direct-sales SaaS model, followed by multiple VC-backed funding rounds and their recognition as one of the fastest growing start-ups in Canada. He qualified as a CPA while serving technology, VC & PE-fund clients at Deloitte, and earned his Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University.

Dr. Randy Kuang

Randy holds a doctorate in quantum physics. His research findings have been published in top international journals and named “Kuang’s semi-classical formalism” by NASA in 2012. With a career spanning IT, including with Nortel as senior network researcher & developer, he co-founded inBay Technologies in 2009, serving as CTO of the cybersecurity platform. As the first recipient of a patent for two-level authentication (2011), Randy is a prolific inventor, with 30+ U.S. patents in broad technology fields, such as WiMAX, optical networks, multi-factor identity authentication, transaction authorization, as well as concepts, technologies and industrial applications for quantum key distribution.

James Nguyen

Prior to leading Quantropi, James was Chief Investment Officer & VP Asia Operations for a group of private and public real estate, mining, energy storage, graphene technologies and manufacturing interests, where, in his responsibilities for strategy, banking and global expansions, he secured large-scale investments and partnerships for commercializing graphene applications across multiple industries. A graduate of Carleton in Economics, he previously achieved success managing a mid-market portfolio (professional services, public sector, Asian markets) at RBC for over a decade. James has been on the HKCBA board, held advisory positions with technology start-ups and gives back as volunteer, fundraiser and mentor.