CEO interview: Quantum security for the real world

April 30, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
CEO interview: Quantum security for the real world
Crypto Quantique is using advanced quantum tunnelling circuits to secure devices in the IoT. Dr Shahram Mossayebi talks to Nick Flaherty about the challenges.

Despite the name, Crypto Quantique isn’t actually about quantum encryption. But it is about security, and is gaining traction in the semiconductor industry and the Internet of Things (IoT). Instead it is about a hybrid, end to end model, Dr Shahram Mossayebi, CEO and founder tells eeNews Europe.

“We want to address the trust issue in the supply chain,” said Mossayebi.

“One of the challenges is that industry looks at security as a cost but all the companies looking at Industry 4.0 are not connecting thig to the Internet because they are afraid of cyber attacks, The pandemic showed us that if you had a connected production line you could work through the pandemic so it’s not a cost, it’s an enabler for new industries. There’s still a lot of work to be done on security, it’s not just protection, it’s a way into new markets with more autonomy and more flexibility in how you do things,” he said.

“Things are changing – a lot of big names understand the complexities of the security solutions put there and understand having something that’s easy to use is vital,” he said. “We are doing that job for them, the proof of concept, we package it and give it to field engineers to quickly set up customers.

“Suddenly in the last six months everyone is talking about the root of trust. They are coming to us asking for root of trust and cloud connectivity. People look at chips as a commodity and don’t understand how important they are. Somehow people forget about that. Now with AI and machine learning people are looking at semiconductors,” he said.

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