Utimaco, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that provide the Root of Trust to numerous industries, and ISARA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, today announced the world’s first commercial quantum-safe Hardware Security Module to secure data and infrastructure against an attack by a quantum computer.
The Utimaco Q-safe firmware extension to the Utimaco CryptoServer is based on a technology partnership with ISARA and enables enterprises and cybersecurity solution providers to begin migrating to quantum-safe security today and facilitates widespread development of quantum-safe products.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology forecasts that current public key cryptography, used to secure the Internet and any devices that connect and transact over it, will be vulnerable to attack by large-scale quantum computers within the next decade. In practice this means that all connected devices currently considered to be secure could be compromised in the near future unless action is taken today. This is especially relevant for human identity documents and critical infrastructures as well as durable Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as connected cars, smart homes, connected cities, FinTech and blockchain applications.
“Utimaco helps to solve tomorrow’s problem of defending durable IoT devices against the new security threats in the wake of the Quantum Age,” said Utimaco’s CEO Stefan Auerbach. “The work we’re doing today is a fundamental building block for the implementation of quantum-safe algorithms. By using these algorithms, we enable cybersecurity solution providers, IoT manufacturers, and other large organizations relying on cryptography to innovate and develop products that are well prepared against the quantum threat.”
“Utimaco has given developers the first opportunity to work with quantum-safe cryptographic solutions in a familiar environment to lay the foundation for a quantum future,” said ISARA CEO and Co-founder Scott Totzke. “ISARA is pleased to collaborate with Utimaco on this first important step toward ensuring data stays private and systems stay secure.”
With the Q-safe firmware extension, integrators and service providers using public key cryptography as part of their product offering can develop quantum-safe solutions that maintain current security measures, while adding post-quantum algorithms to protect high-value assets and confidential data before standards are set.
The Q-safe firmware extension utilizes the ISARA Radiate™ Quantum-safe Toolkit to give security professionals the opportunity to test and evaluate quantum-safe cryptographic algorithms within their existing systems. ISARA has partnered with global security and hardware developers to integrate quantum-safe algorithms and agile technologies into their products.
Starting today, interested parties can download the Q-safe firmware extension and evaluate it as part of the Utimaco HSM Simulator: https://hsm.utimaco.com/products-hardware-security-modules/hsm-simulators/q-safe-hsm-simulator/
Utimaco is an international provider of IT security solutions based in Aachen (Germany) and Campbell, CA (US). Utimaco develops hardware security modules and compliance solutions for telecommunication providers in the field of regulation. Utimaco is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in both technology segments. Over 260 employees have committed to the company´s goal to protect people, ideas and data. Customers and partners value the reliability and long-term investment security solutions. Utimaco stands for recognized product quality, user-friendly software, excellent support and products that effectively meet market requirements. Find out more on www.utimaco.com.
About ISARA Corporation
ISARA Corporation, the world’s leading provider of agile quantum-safe security solutions, leverages decades of real-world cybersecurity expertise to protect today’s computing ecosystems in the quantum age. With our partners, we’re clearing the path to quantum-safe security for enterprises and governments by delivering practical, standardized solutions for a seamless migration. Co-founded in 2015 by former BlackBerry security executives, our team has since launched several first-of-its-kind solutions such as a quantum-safe cryptographic library, integration tools for developers, and agile technologies. With an emphasis on interoperability, we proudly collaborate on international standards-setting efforts. For more information, visit www.isara.com or follow @ISARACorp on Twitter.