Utimaco utilizes ISARA security solutions to offer initial commercial quantum-safe Hardware Security Module

Utimaco and ISARA Corp. announced Tuesday its initial commercial quantum-safe Hardware Security Module to secure data and infrastructure against an attack by a quantum computer.

The Utimaco Q-safe firmware extension to the Utimaco CryptoServer is based on a technology partnership with ISARA and enables enterprises and cybersecurity solution providers to begin migrating to quantum-safe security today and facilitates widespread development of quantum-safe products.

The Q-safe firmware extension utilizes the ISARA Radiate Quantum-safe Toolkit to give security professionals the opportunity to test and evaluate quantum-safe cryptographic algorithms within their existing systems. ISARA has partnered with global security and hardware developers to integrate quantum-safe algorithms and agile technologies into their products. Both Crystals-Dilithium and Crystals-Kyber algorithms have been submitted to NIST in response to their call for submissions to solicit, evaluate, and standardize one or more quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms.

Using Utimaco Q-safe Simulator, consumers can generate and implement digital signatures, public key encryption and key agreement using the quantum-safe algorithms Dilithium and/or key transport with Kyber.

Utimaco is a global provider of IT security solutions based in Aachen (Germany) and Campbell, CA (US). 

The company develops hardware security modules and compliance solutions for telecommunication providers in the field of regulation, and is a key manufacturer in both technology segments. Over 260 employees have committed to the company´s goal to protect people, ideas and data. Customers and partners value the reliability and long-term investment security solutions. Utimaco stands for recognized product quality, user-friendly software, excellent support and products that meet market requirements.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology forecasts that current public key cryptography, used to secure the Internet and any devices that connect and transact over it, will be vulnerable to attack by large-scale quantum computers within the next decade.

In practice this means that all connected devices currently considered to be secure could be compromised in the near future unless action is taken. This is especially relevant for human identity documents and critical infrastructures as well as durable Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as connected cars, smart homes, connected cities, financial technology and blockchain applications.

“Utimaco helps to solve tomorrow’s problem of defending durable IoT devices against the new security threats in the wake of the Quantum Age,” said Utimaco’s CEO Stefan Auerbach. “The work we’re doing today is a fundamental building block for the implementation of quantum-safe algorithms. By using these algorithms, we enable cybersecurity solution providers, IoT manufacturers, and other large organizations relying on cryptography to innovate and develop products that are well prepared against the quantum threat.”

“Utimaco has given developers the first opportunity to work with quantum-safe cryptographic solutions in a familiar environment to lay the foundation for a quantum future,” said ISARA CEO and co-founder Scott Totzke. “ISARA is pleased to collaborate with Utimaco on this first important step toward ensuring data stays private and systems stay secure.”

With the Q-safe firmware extension, integrators and service providers using public key cryptography as part of their product offering can develop quantum-safe solutions that maintain current security measures, while adding post-quantum algorithms to protect high-value assets and confidential data before standards are set.

From Tuesday, interested parties can download the Q-safe firmware extension and evaluate it as part of the Utimaco HSM Simulator.

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