Quantum security IP certified to PSA level 2

September 06, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Quantum security IP certified to PSA level 2
The QDID quantum security technology developed by Crypto Quantique in London has been certified as PSA Certified Level 2 Ready.

Quantum security technology developed by Crypto Quantique in London has been certified as PSA Certified Level 2 Ready.

The QDID quantum-driven semiconductor IP was certified by Riscure, a software and hardware security evaluation vendor specializing in chip, embedded and mobile devices for the key standard. PSA is a global, collaborative security program that includes semiconductor IP provider ARM.

“We found the QDID technology, which can be incorporated in chips to provide secure generation and storage of chip-unique values, to be sufficiently robust to earn the PSA Certified Level 2 Ready status,” said Bernie Rietkerken, senior sales and business development manager at Riscure in the Netherlands.

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The PSA Certified Level 2 Ready scheme enabled Crypto Quantique to carry out penetration testing on a subset of the PSA Certified Level 2 security requirements, showcasing to chip vendors that its QDID technology meets some of the PSA Certified Level 2 requirements. This allows chip makers to take the pre-certification and use it in a full PSA Certified Level 2 certification.

Back in June, the IP was certified to EAL4+ security standard by e-shard, based in Bordeaux, France.

There are different elements to PSA Certified security evaluation which looks to certify security credentials for chips, software, Root-of-Trust (RoT) components and devices. At PSA Certified Level 2 and PSA Certified Level 3, the focus is on the PSA-RoT which is provided by silicon vendors. PSA Certified Level 2 Ready is built for companies who provide a sub-set of the full PSA-RoT security requirements.

The QDID IP is a dedicated physical unclonable function (PUF) used in standard CMOS processes. It supports a full PSA-RoT supplied by chip vendors by exploiting the femto-currents caused by random quantum tunnelling of electrons through the

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Shahram Mossayebi, CEO of quantum security IP developer Crypto Quantique

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