Cambridge Quantum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantinuum has announced a cryptographic key generation platform that utilizes Quantinuum’s H-Series quantum computers, Powered by Honeywell. To receive a key an organization will access the H-series computing via an API, it will generate the key, run an assurance test on the key to make sure it is as unpredictable as possible, and sends it back to the requestor. The keys can be used with current encryption algorithms such as RSA and AES used in most classical computer today and they are also usable with the new Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) keys being standardized in a selection process being run by NIST. Weak keys that an attacker can guess are a significant cause of cybersecurity issues and by using quantum technology to generate the keys that can be truly random and provide greater protection an organization that wants to keep their communications private. Cambridge Quantum also announced that Axiom Space, a privately funded space infrastructure developer, has successfully tested Quantum Origin in an encrypted communication between the International Space Station and Earth. And also, Futjitsu has tested Quantum Origin with its software-defined wide area network (SDWAN).

This product announcement builds upon several technology demonstrations of quantum random number generators that Cambridge Quantum has described in the past. In March 2019, they announced a product called Ironbridge that would generate random cryptographic keys and in 2020 they announced a partnership with IBM to offer quantum random number generation as a service. A news release with additional details about Quantum Origin can be found here on the Quantinuum website.

Cambridge Quantum also released the results of a survey performed in October 2021 with 600 cybersecurity professionals performed by Dimensional Research. The survey showed that 60% of the respondents anticipate that new and evolving technology advances will defeat current encryption as early as 2023, while only 38% feel their organizations will be ready to defend against these attached by 2023. These results differ significantly from a survey performed by Dr. Michele Mosca and Dr. Marco Paini with 44 quantum experts. The vast majority of those expects felt that it would still take at least 10 more years to achieve a large quantum computing that could factor a 2048-bit number within a 24-hour period.

December 7, 2021