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PacketLight, ID Quantique Announce Successful Integration of Quantum Key Distribution in PacketLight Devices

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Insider Brief

  • PacketLight and ID Quantique (IDQ) announced joint solutions that will offer quantum-safe security.
  • Combining IDQ’s QKD with PacketLight network encryption equipment enables the retrofit and upgrade of existing fiber optics.
  • The teams say the combination offers a higher level of security to financial institutions, government institutes and enterprises wanting to secure their sensitive data.

PRESS RELEASE — PacketLight, a leading provider of DWDM and OTN equipment and ID Quantique (IDQ), worldwide leader in Quantum-Safe security solutions, announced joint solutions that will offer quantum-safe security to customers who transfer sensitive data and require ultra-secure encryption over their network.

In today’s interconnected world, data security is a top concern for individuals, businesses, and governments alike. The growing sophistication of cyber threats and the development of quantum computers will put optical networks at risk, requiring an increase in security and strengthening of key exchange methods.

Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology relies on quantum physics to secure the distribution of symmetric encryption keys between two parties. The successful integration of IDQ’s 4th generation of quantum key distribution (QKD) solutions with PacketLight’s DWDM & OTN encrypted transport delivers a highly secure quantum-safe encrypted network. IDQ’s QKD enhances PacketLight’s Layer-1 Encryption solutions, ensuring the impervious transmission of sensitive data, immune to attempts at spying and hacking.

Combining IDQ’s QKD with PacketLight network encryption equipment enables the retrofit and upgrade of existing fiber optic telecommunication infrastructures, offering a higher level of security to financial institutions, government institutes and enterprises wanting to secure their sensitive data; making them quantum-safe for the long term.

“The convergence of IDQ technology and PacketLight’s DWDM/OTN devices advances the security of data transmission by enhancing our Layer-1 encryption solutions,” said Koby Reshef, CEO of PacketLight. “We are proud of this cooperation, and eagerly anticipate the opportunities it will unveil in the market.”

“As the day of Quantum Computing breaking public-key cryptography is approaching, it is increasingly important to make current networks quantum-safe. We are extremely happy to join forces with PacketLight to provide a higher level of security to their customers,” said Gregoire Ribordy, CEO of ID Quantique.

Rigorous testing protocols were conducted to guarantee optimal performance, stability, and reliability of the integrated solution. This successful integration marks a significant leap forward in advancing quantum communication. It underscores the feasibility of combining quantum communication solutions with optical networking infrastructure, opening new horizons for secure and efficient data transmission with a strong emphasis on simplicity and scalability.

PacketLight’s firmware also supports IDQ’s Clarion KX Quantum-Key Management System. It is a central piece of software that enables the extension of QKD technology beyond point-to-point topology, to build QKD networks that ensure long-distance reach of the Quantum keys.

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