Sorcery of Qubits
TQD has already highlighted in features the threat quantum information science could pose in cybersecurity issues in the future. To compound the fact, we have also put a spotlight on some of the main players and budding startups within the space, too.
Companies like QuintessenceLabs and Crypta Labs, along with others, are playing their part to secure us from malign attacks using the sorcery of qubits. And as the threat becomes greater, more players — realizing there will be money to be made — will come into existence.
One startup that has already noticed this and whose founding team is loaded with decades of experience in the cybersecurity and cryptography industries is BLAKFX.
“Fight quantum with quantum.”
— Vikram Sharma, CEO QuintessenceLabs, TED keynote speech
BLAKFX’s two founders, CEO and president Robert Statica and COO Kara Coppa, established the startup in 2017. With offices in New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles, BLAKEFX models itself as ‘the leading B2B and B2G cybersecurity provider of patented, cryptographic-based technologies with a quantum-resistant encryption protocol’.
The crown jewel in the startup’s products and cybersecurity services is the Helix22™ SDK, the world’s first user-to-user encryption solution. The magic of this product is it secures clients’ data when not being used, during transportation and in use. Furthermore, BLAKFX’s Helix22™ SDK offers five layers of encryption:
All this has been made possible by the work of Statica and Coppa, BLAKFX’s brains. As already mentioned, the pair have years in cybersecurity and cryptography, and can, by experience alone, brag king size of why their QC cyber solutions are as good as anyone else’s on the market.
With over seventy patents to his name, inventor Statica is also a scientist, technologist, engineer, and professor. With a Ph.D. in business administration from Northcentral University in San Diego, he began his career as an aircraft engineer in the late 1980s. In line with this, Statica has worked at NASA as an aerospace engineer and the Planetary Society, where he was a space mission scientist advisor. In 2012, he cofounded Wickr, a private collaboration platform.
Coppa is BLAKFX’s other founder. With two decades of experience in cybersecurity, she has worked in the intelligence, military and financial services industries, too, bringing her wealth of knowledge to those fields. Coppa has an MS in information systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and before founding Wickr (along with Statica) she worked in information security as an engineer and manager.
In Math We Trust
What I’ve covered here is only the tip of the iceberg in regards to BLAKFX’s offerings and potential. Products in ransomware auditing as a service (RaaS) and technical surveillance countermeasures — along with others — could make BLAKFX one of the go-to companies on the market in the coming months and years.