September 17, 2021 | Alan Burkitt-Gray
Quantum satellite start-up Arqit has signed an agreement with Juniper Networks to explore network security technology.
The move comes just two weeks after UK-based Arqit – now officially Arqit Quantum – raised funds through a reverse takeover that valued it at $ 1.4 billion.
The companies said they would work together under a so-called “technology alliance partner connection” agreement to explore and test the application of quantum security technologies, including the company’s own QuantumCloud platform. Arqit, to the networks.
Arqit Founder, Chairman and CEO David Williams (pictured) said, “We are excited to partner with Juniper to demonstrate how QuantumCloud can respond to quantum network security threats and make networking technology safer and more secure. Juniper’s mission to provide a secure network makes this partnership a natural complement for Arqit and our technologies.
In an interview with Capacity in June, Williams said, “We invented a method to create unbreakable encryption keys locally, both at the edge and in the cloud.
Arqit says he can provide QuantumCloud keys in “unlimited group sizes,” he said. “For example, to international telecom networks, and you can change the key every second if you want.” He said this would result in ultra-secure software-defined networks (SDNs).
BT has an exclusive agreement to distribute Arqit’s QuantumCloud services in the UK, and Japanese company Sumitomo has an agreement as “the first large international customer,” Williams said. It works with telecom operators to encrypt traffic on Japanese fiber cables, he said in this interview.
Juniper and Arqit said today that “cyber attackers routinely target networks to disrupt business operations” and said they “will explore how network providers can apply quantum secure key exchange mechanisms to limit interruptions and improve the resilience of the business “.
They said that the increasing use of SDN and “the ability to dynamically provision networks, along with more secure cryptographic key exchanges, offers network providers the ability to provide stronger and more active authentication of devices to secure the data of organizations even against a quantum attack “.
Domenico Di Mola, vice president of engineering at Juniper Networks, said, “Quantum encryption is a promising technology to help secure networks against current and future threats, and we are excited to be working with Arqit on this news. innovations.