The recent release of the National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan by the White House marks a significant step forward in the ongoing push for improved national cybersecurity. At Qrypt, we strongly support this initiative, particularly the emphasis on Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC), a new class of cryptographic algorithms that are designed to be resilient against quantum computer attacks, outlined in Strategic Objective 4.3.
Strategic Objective 4.3 of the National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan emphasizes the critical role of the private sector in maintaining national cybersecurity. It outlines the government’s commitment to providing resources, guidance, and incentives to help private sector organizations protect their information and systems. The objective also underscores the importance of government and private sector collaboration in sharing information, best practices, and threat intelligence. Qrypt’s work aligns closely with these objectives, as we provide quantum-secure solutions that help organizations protect their data and systems, and we are committed to collaborating with government entities to enhance national cybersecurity.
As a leading provider of quantum-secure solutions, Qrypt enables quantum-secure workflows that align with the objectives and complement the NIST standards. This is crucial in the current cybersecurity landscape, where the threat of “harvest now, decrypt later” (HNDL) attacks is becoming increasingly urgent. In this approach, malicious actors collect and store encrypted data with the intention of decrypting it later, either by capitalizing on advancements in today’s computers and new cryptographic attacks or utilizing future quantum computers capable of breaking our current encryption standards. This threat is not just a future concern – data harvesting is happening now. Given the sensitive nature of the data—from personally identifiable information to state secrets that must remain confidential for years or even decades—the potential for breaking encryption through current or future advancements creates a looming threat that should not be taken lightly.
Qrypt’s approach to quantum security eliminates key transmission, effectively mitigating the risk of these attacks. We generate encryption keys or one-time pads at endpoints using quantum random numbers. This strategy offers both robust, unpredictable keys and counters the risk associated with encryption key harvesting. We have also packaged this technology in a Quantum Secure Tunnel (QST), a containerized implementation that minimizes infrastructure changes. This QST establishes a communication channel that uses quantum-secure, information-theoretic one-time pad encryption to protect data. Our solution provides an immediate layer of quantum protection, ensuring data security from this point forward. This not only safeguards critical workflows during the transition period but also reduces the risk exposure throughout the industry’s migration to NIST PQC standards.
The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Qrypt and Los Alamos National Labs (LANL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a testament to our commitment to public-private partnerships. These collaborations have driven innovation and resulted in the commercialization of Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) technology, a significant achievement in cybersecurity. This aligns with the National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan’s emphasis on fostering public-private partnerships to enhance national cybersecurity. At Qrypt, we are proud of our successful partnerships and collaborations and remain committed to supporting the government’s efforts in this area.
Qrypt is committed to enhancing cybersecurity and is ready to support the government’s initiatives. As we transition to NIST-compliant standards, we will continue to deliver unassailable, layered quantum safeguards necessary to protect sensitive data. Our offerings present a means to neutralize quantum threats today, thereby augmenting and fortifying your journey toward NIST PQC. As we look to the future, Qrypt will continue to innovate, adapt, and cultivate public-private partnerships to ensure our solutions remain at the forefront of quantum security.