Solidifying Canada’s Quantum Computing Strategy

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Between 2009 and 2020, the government of Canada invested to build the footing for Canada’s global leadership in quantum science. In Budget 2021, the Canadian government proposed further investments of $360 million over seven years to:

Launch a National Quantum Strategy

  • Bolster the growth of companies and talent in the quantum industry
  • Encourage the development of quantum-ready technologies
  • Solidify Canada’s leadership in quantum research

Quantum technology might not become commercially available for another decade. Nonetheless, it’s time for the government of Canada and Canadian businesses and academia to join forces to elevate Canada as a global leader in the quantum industry.

Quantum Key for Canada’s Long-Term Economic Prosperity

Although quantum computing has huge implications for information security, data protection isn’t the only focus of the National Quantum Strategy. The government of Canada points out the long-term growth and resilience of Canada’s economy as one of the goals of its quantum program.

Why exactly?

When the adoption of quantum technology begins, quantum computing will replace traditional computing in sectors like communications, navigation, cybersecurity, and healthcare. As quantum becomes a reality, governments and businesses worldwide will gradually ramp up investments in the field to hopefully gain a competitive advantage.

Here’s where early investments and research efforts can have huge benefits over the long run. If Canada does become a leader in the quantum industry, here’s what can happen:

Lucrative job opportunities in research, software and hardware engineering, technical support, sales, and other fields can attract highly skilled specialists to Canada – both from within the country and from abroad

Through the accumulation of talent, Canada can accelerate quantum research and adoption ahead of its competitors

Canadian businesses specializing in quantum computing can reap considerable benefits as local and international clients start addressing them to transfer their systems and products into a quantum-ready state

3 Pillars of Canada’s Quantum Leadership

We believe that the quantum future of Canada depends on these three factors:

  • Government support, whether in the form of standards, regulations, or investments
  • Collaboration between researchers, scientists, businesses, and the government
  • Attention to the cybersecurity aspects of quantum computing, not just its technological and economic possibilities

Canada has the potential to become a global quantum hub if we do everything right. However, although economic prosperity is important, businesses, academia, and the government shouldn’t forget about the negative impact of quantum computing on cybersecurity.

Quantum Cybersecurity for Long-Term Success

If you, as a decision-maker or a business owner, wish to achieve long-term success and resilience, you must start taking concrete steps right now to prepare for the quantum future.

We consider quantum cybersecurity a priority because quantum computing is an immediate and devastating threat to all cryptographic methods that are today considered industry-standard. Although quantum computers have good implications for technology, research, and society, they’ll also be able to crack any data encryption method we use today.

For Canada, preparing for tomorrow isn’t just about attracting global talent or leading quantum research efforts. It’s also about adapting new data protection measures and standards to quantum technology.

Quantum-secure cryptography is foundational for Canada’s chances of securing the position of a global leader in the quantum industry. By thinking about the essentials first, we’ll be able to build the basis for Canada’s quantum leap far, far into the future.

What Businesses Can Do for a Secure Quantum Future

As a business, what can you do for your, and Canada’s, quantum future? What should your quantum strategy be? Even though government support will play a huge role in our efforts to prepare for the quantum tomorrow, cybersecurity vendors and businesses need to act as well.

Your quantum strategy should be built on the following two foundations:

  1. Upgrading to quantum-secure data protection to prepare for tomorrow’s threats as soon as you can. Y2Q is just around the corner, and the quantum threat might become a reality as early as within just 3-5 years.
  2. Preventing cybersecurity incidents and minimizing data leaks today. Cybersecurity experts and governments have reason to believe that hackers are holding on to stolen data that they cannot crack just yet. Hackers and nation-states will get their hands on quantum computers sooner or later – and when they do, they’ll have access to every military and business secret they’ve stolen over the years.

Both of these points imply that you must act quickly to be able to protect yourself. If you don’t complete your transition to quantum-secure protection before Y2Q, your network infrastructure will be defenseless against quantum attacks. And if you fail to protect your sensitive data now, it will fall prey to the “steal now, crack later” strategy. A year later or ten years later – any piece of your data that is stolen now is not safe in the long run.

Fortunately, both of these issues can be solved with just one action – switching to a quantum-ready data protection solution. A quantum-secure solution will not only prepare you for Y2Q, but it will also protect you from the “steal now, crack later” scheme. Even if your data were stolen, it would be secure from quantum attacks because it would be protected by quantum-ready encryption.

Quantropi for Canada’s Quantum Cybersecurity

At Quantropi, we’re firm proponents of future-proofing cybersecurity. Rather than react to changes in the cybersecurity industry as they happen, we believe that governments and businesses should adopt a forward-thinking approach to protect themselves against potential threats long before they become a problem.

We’re the only cybersecurity company in the world providing the 3 prerequisites for cryptographic integrity: Trust, Uncertainty, and Entropy (TrUE). Powered by quantum mechanics expressed as linear algebra, our patented TrUE technologies establish Trust between any two parties via quantum-secure asymmetric MASQ™ encryption (coming soon); ensure Uncertainty to attackers, rendering data uninterpretable forever, with QEEP™ symmetric encryption; and provide Quantum Entropy as a Service (QEaaS) with SEQUR™ – ultra-random key generation and distribution to enable secure data communications. All Quantropi’s TrUE technologies are accessible via our flagship QiSpace™ platform.

Remember, if you don’t take action now, the ship will have sailed by the time quantum technology starts showing signs of adoption. With Quantropi, you can start laying a foundation for the quantum-ready infrastructure of tomorrow with the resources of today.

To start your transition to quantum-secure protection, get in touch with us today!

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.