CryptoNext Security Raises €11 Million to Reinforce Leadership in Post-Quantum Cryptography Remediation Solutions And Accelerate International Expansion

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  • CryptoNext secured €11 million in funding for the industrialization of its Quantum Safe Remediation Solutions and its international expansion.
  • CryptoNext Security develops Post Quantum Cryptography software solutions.
  • The funding round was led by AVP (AXA Venture Partners) and Quantonation, with participation from Auriga Cyber Ventures.

PRESS RELEASE — CryptoNext Security announces it has secured €11 million funding for the industrialization of its Quantum Safe Remediation Solutions and its international expansion. The funding round is led by AVP (AXA Venture Partners) and Quantonation with participation from Auriga Cyber Ventures.

Founded in 2019 after 20 years+ of academic research, CryptoNext Security develops Post Quantum Cryptography software solutions to manage the quantum threat and migrate IT/OT infrastructures to quantum safe.

CryptoNext Security has pioneered and demonstrated clear leadership in both standardization bodies and achievement of global companies Quantum Safe roadmap partnership projects.

CryptoNext Security, pioneering a new era in quantum computer resistant cryptography remediation technology and management solutions, today announces it has raised 11 Million euros funding round, led by AVP (AXA Venture Partners) and Quantonation, with participation from Auriga Cyber Ventures.

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CryptoNext Security, founded in 2019 by Jean-Charles Faugère after over 20 years of leadership in post-quantum cryptography academic research and spin-off from Inria, CNRS and Sorbonne University prestigious laboratories, has its headquarters based in Paris, France.

The advent of Quantum Computer opens great opportunities through huge computing capabilities to tackle inaccessible problem solving until now. It also comes with a new major threat for our cybersecurity through its capacity to “break” the public-key cryptosystems that secure today’s internet and IT infrastructures as well as IoT and embedded systems communications.

Such quantum threat and its remediation is the rising emergency for today, considering:

  • Already existing « Harvest now/Decrypt later » attacks where state or private organizations have started to collect massive amounts of data in order to decrypt them later as soon as a powerful enough quantum computer will be available (impact on long-life sensitive data)
  • Migration of technical infrastructures and applications towards quantum resistance full operational capacity typically is counted in years.
  • Products life cycle from design to end of operations most frequently exceeds 15-20 years as observed in the Industrial IoT space.

This has led in the US the National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST) to initiate from 2016, a new competition to define new standards for cryptography able to resist to quantum computer attacks. NIST unveiled on July 2022, the first post-quantum cryptography (PQC) standard algorithms selected and its partner body National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) launched a “Migration to PQC” initiative with 20 of the most influent companies including CryptoNext Security as a selected member.

The depth and width of the migration challenge on cybersecurity of IT, OT/IoT and Embedded systems defines a new paradigm for crypto-agile remediation and operations management solutions, which CryptoNext has been intensively working on over the last years, with its global customers in multiple vertical markets such as Government, Defense, Finance or Critical Infrastructures as well as technology partners.

“With our investors support, we are now well positioned for growth through our innovative products portfolio and global operations expansion” declared Florent Grosmaitre, CEO of CryptoNext Security. “Our solutions are currently successfully deployed at global end-users, service providers, equipment manufacturers and software vendors for multiple use cases end-to-end security. We are proud to be a trusted advisor and aim at providing our customer partners with a guarantee of expertise, mastery and timing for post-quantum cybersecurity deployment at controlled costs in this context where time for migration is now critical.”

Francois Robinet, Managing partner at AVP (AXA Venture Partners): “AVP is proud and very excited to support CryptoNext Security in its mission to pioneer quantum-resistant cybersecurity solutions. The threat on encryption protocols arising from quantum computing is huge and therefore the quantum- resistant solutions market is big. Moreover, although the exact timing for the emergence of quantum computers is still uncertain, the market for post quantum cryptography is already there. As digital threats evolve, CryptoNext’s innovative approach aligns seamlessly with our commitment to investing in cutting-edge technologies that address critical challenges. We have been very impressed by CryptoNext’s team and CryptoNext’s leadership and are very happy to support the company in its journey and its potential to reshape the landscape of post-quantum cryptography. We are also very happy to co-invest alongside Quantonation, the market leader in investment in quantum computing technologies and Auriga Cyber Venture, the specialist in cybersecurity investments.”

Olivier Tonneau, Partner at Quantonation declared that “As the leading investor in the Quantum Technologies space, we were very impressed with the level of expertise and recognition that CryptoNext has reached since our first investment in the company back in 2020. We are now entering an exciting phase of deployment of CryptoNext’s technology roadmap with a list of first-class customers and are confident that their leadership will pave the way for growth”.

William Lecat, Investment Director at Auriga Cyber Ventures insisted that “As an investment fund specializing in cybersecurity, we have identified that the quantum threat will have a systemic impact on security, and that all organizations will have to migrate their IT/OT infrastructure to quantum safe in the next few years. We were impressed by CryptoNext Security’s in-depth technical expertise and are excited about the solutions they are bringing to market to help organizations migrate efficiently to quantum safe.”

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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