Quantum-safe security ‘breakthrough’ for existing computers, IoT devices

Quantum-safe security ‘breakthrough’ for existing computers, IoT devices

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By Rich Pell

The NXM QUAKE (Quantum Augmented Key Encapsulation) security solution is designed to protect existing computers and connected devices against the threat of future quantum attacks. It is being demonstrated for the first time at the Quantum Summit security networking event in Toronto, which is sponsored by NXM Labs.

NXM QUAKE is offered as enabling private, public, and national security organizations to act now to safeguard critical computers, devices, and data assets against current and evolving security threats by means of a simple software upgrade. Key features are listed as the following:

  • Software/firmware solution that is designed to be easily installed by system administrators and integrators and does not require changes to existing security protocols or enterprise processes.
  • Requires very little computing resources and is designed to run on any embedded hardware or system, from low power sensors to the largest servers.
  • Takes advantage of the company’s future-proof agile crypto framework that protects against evolving threats by enabling devices to automatically change their keys and/or encryption schemes on-demand at any time.

NXM QUAKE forms part of the company’s autonomous security methodology, which uses blockchain and agile cryptography to enable connected devices to automatically manage their own security without human intervention. Such self-governing devices autonomously maintain and update their encryption keys based on whoever holds the root of trust.

NXM QUAKE was developed through an industry-academic partnership between Ryerson University Cybersecurity Research Lab (Toronto, Canada) and NXM. The patent pending technology is currently being tested on NXM’s autonomous IoT security platform. The first commercial implementation, says the company, will be in connected and autonomous vehicles this year.

NXM Labs

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