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A strong password, the experts tell us, is at least 12 characters long. It should include uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers and special symbols, and avoids memorable keyboard paths, such as “1Q2W3E.” It also has no relation to your personal information, such as your name, phone number, or street address. Use passwords that follow these guidelines and you will be secure, at least until Y2Q arrives.
What is Y2Q? It is the day when quantum computing gives hackers the power to crack any password — and that day is fast approaching.
“Quantum computers are gaining ground and will soon pose an existential threat to all standard encryption methods,” warns Michael Redding, CTO of Quantropi, an award-winning cybersecurity company that provides quantum-secure cryptographic solutions. “Unlike the Y2K ‘millennium bug,’ there is no timetable or due date for Y2Q. All we know is it is coming much faster than anyone predicted. That’s why bad actors around the world are already stealing and storing secrets, just waiting for the quantum computing capacity to decrypt them. It is why governments are mandating action and consulting providers are vying for positions. Like Y2K, Y2Q will affect every organization on the planet, meaning systematic preparation is urgent and non-optional.”
Founded in Ottawa in 2018, Quantropi provides technology that empowers users to achieve unconditional security that is more cost-effective, scalable, and efficient than any other product on the market. It is on track to become the standard for quantum-secure data communications, encrypting data in transit and at rest without requiring the processing power of a quantum computer.
Cybersecurity that is ready for Y2Q
To be secure in the post-Y2Q era, the classic asymmetric and symmetric algorithms used in cryptographic solutions must be replaced with “post-quantum” algorithms impervious to quantum — as well as classical — cyberattacks. Quantum-based attacks first break the current “classic” asymmetric encryption algorithms and weaken symmetric algorithms. Additionally, existing high-performance computers can attack weak cryptographic keys. To ensure that data remains secure, poor-quality cryptographic keys based on weak algorithmic random number generators must be replaced by cryptographic keys derived from hardware-based Quantum Random Number Generators.
“Quantropi’s ground-breaking intellectual property is based in quantum mechanics to provide quantum-secure capabilities for strong random numbers (quantum entropy) as well as quantum-secure symmetric and asymmetric encryption,” explains Michael. “This allows organizations to harden and secure their data, networks, and applications, and can provide quantum-secure cloud and SaaS security, digital quantum key distribution, and quantum-safe digital signing and certificates — PKI replacement.”
Quantropi’s QiSpace™ provides TrUE protection
In order to provide users with secure access to data, IP networks depend on the cryptographic integrity of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol embedded in all modern operating systems, browsers, and application software. For the TLS protocol to be effective, it must provide “TrUE” protection, which is an acronym Quantropi developed to represent the three primary cryptographic capabilities: Trust, Uncertainty, and Entropy.
Quantropi’s QiSpace™ is a hybrid quantum SaaS platform developed by Quantropi that provides enterprises, product managers, and application developers with a Quantum-secure product suite of all three “TrUE” cryptographic capabilities. It is designed to protect data, networks, and systems against both current and post-Y2Q threats, providing TLS, machine identity, boot loading, and application data security.
QiSpace™ is the only platform in existence that addresses all three quantum security prerequisites. Its MASQ™ component provides quantum-secure asymmetric encryption — also known as post-quantum cryptography (PQC) — while its QEEP™ component provides quantum-secure symmetric encryption that is as much as 18 times faster than AES-256. The final QiSpace™ component, which is known as SEQUR™, provides quantum random number generation and quantum-secure distribution (Digital QKD) to enable the full security potential of current cryptographic algorithms.
“Quantropi’s QiSpace™ can be leveraged by organizations as a bridge to a TrUE quantum-secure future,” says Michael. “It’s a platform that offers a seamless and cost-effective integration of quantum-secure cryptographic and communications capabilities, ensuring that devices and machines are guaranteed to start, run, upgrade, and communicate quantum-securely.”
Quantropi’s TrUE quantum-secure solutions have been validated by the scientific community in over 20 published papers and have been used effectively by industry partners and customers including Deutsche Telekom, ST Micro, Microsystems, Calian, Torus Communications, Versa-Networks, DLS Technologies, and Wedge Networks. In addition, its innovative technology solutions are protected by nine patents.
Now is the time to prepare for Y2Q
Experts disagree on the timing for Y2Q. Some say it could be within two years, while others have set the date as 2030. However, all agree that now is the time to begin preparing for a new era of cybersecurity.
“Quantropi’s solutions are commercially available today, are quickly and easily deployable on today’s Internet, fast, lightweight, and resource-efficient,” Michael says. “By beginning the transition towards quantum security today, public and private organizations can minimize the monetary and reputational risks associated with rampant data and security breaches.”