SASE, Cybersecurity and the Quantum Threat

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Old-fashioned cybersecurity systems requiring on-premise hardware can no longer keep up with advancements in technology and business. In today’s distributed, online-focused working environments, enterprises need more flexible and adaptable approaches to the constantly changing landscape in their industries.

This is where SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) can be immensely helpful. Offering scalability and efficiency, SASE promises to become the standard for corporate cybersecurity and networking – at least for the foreseeable future.

Although a very young concept, SASE is being rapidly adopted as more businesses recognize the inadequacy of their existing systems. According to a survey of 508 CEOs and CISOs worldwide carried out by WSJ Intelligence and Forcepoint, 43% of CEOs have already adopted SASE and 47% are considering adopting it.

With that said, SASE is a relatively new model for networking and cybersecurity; it’s a black box for some business owners. Below, we’ll introduce the purpose, benefits, and limitations of SASE to help decision-makers when considering this model.

What is SASE?

SASE (pronounced “sassy”), or Secure Access Service Edge, is a cloud-focused approach to enterprise networking and cybersecurity. Gartner detailed SASE’s conceptual foundations in 2019 in a market trends report and report on the potential of cloud-based network security.

The SASE model relies on two components:

  • SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area Network), a network technology and an extension of WAN that uses virtualization to lay out corporate networks
  • Network security functions such as SWG (Secure Web Gateways), CASB (Cloud Access Security Brokers), and FWaaS (Firewall-as-a-Service)

Reasoning Behind the Architecture

Traditionally, corporate cybersecurity measures were backed by hardware appliances situated at critical points throughout an organization. While effective in the past, localized, hardware-based cybersecurity has become inadequate as business operations shifted to the cloud and remote employment emerged as the new norm.

One potential solution to these two developments is connecting physical and virtual devices to a unified corporate network. However, such an approach would be a nightmare to manage and may have unacceptable latency or subpar reliability.

Rather than backhaul network traffic to force all communications to go through security appliances installed in data centers, SASE solutions allow organizations to seamlessly deliver cybersecurity services to any corporate device through the cloud.

How Can SASE Help Businesses?

The SASE model provides many drastic improvements to networking and cybersecurity.

Below are some of the top benefits of SASE:

  • Delivery of cybersecurity tools anywhere: (Cloud phishing, ransomware, zero-days): by leveraging malware scanning and continuous activity monitoring, SASE can help organizations detect and thwart virtually any attack
  • Simplified cybersecurity management and compliance: SASE enables businesses to easily manage their networks and ensure compliance from a centralized dashboard without going back and forth between their departments
  • Low latency and stellar performance: Thanks to the cloud, cybersecurity services can be distributed across broad geographic areas through points of presence (PoPs) located close to end-users. This considerably reduces latency, increasing performance and improving user experience as a result.
  • Effortless scalability: SASE allows businesses to easily scale their operations up or down as necessary without worrying about security or networking.

What are the Limitations of SASE?

Although game-changing, SASE isn’t without shortcomings.

In its current state, SASE tooling doesn’t address the quantum threat in any way. The SASE security model doesn’t introduce innovative techniques for cybersecurity per se – it’s merely intended to integrate existing cybersecurity solutions with cloud platforms.

With that in mind, SASE cybersecurity measures by themselves can’t fortify classical encryption methods against brute-force attacks by quantum computers. They also don’t help businesses prepare for the inevitable demise of legacy cybersecurity tools due to quantum technology.

As SASE security evolves, service providers may start incorporating quantum-focused security measures in their offerings. However, it’s impossible to know exactly when this will happen and whether SASE will still be relevant when quantum computers and quantum Internet become a reality.

SASE alone isn’t proactive enough to safeguard businesses from quantum threats. And while it may help businesses tackle the near future challenges, more concrete steps are necessary for quantum-ready cybersecurity.

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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. 

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.