Arqit announces product to protect digital assets from quantum attack
London, UK – 27 July 2021 – Arqit Limited (“Arqit”), a global leader in quantum encryption
technology, has today published a paper titled ‘Digital assets – The security problem’.
The entire IT industry is being urged to upgrade its encryption by NIST with high priority. But algorithmic upgrades generally proposed are fundamentally unsuitable for blockchains. Arqit has the solution.
Arqit’s Platform-as-a-Service QuantumCloudTM encryption product has already found significant customers in defence, telecoms, automation, and financial services with a contract backlog of $130 million. It now announces its intention to provide a new layer of security to the blockchain community.
A Surrey University paper published in July1 highlighted that quantum computers will
definitively destroy the cryptography used in blockchains.
The Arqit digital assets paper explains how to secure digital assets and supporting infrastructure like wallets and exchanges from quantum attacks.
With the rapid expansion of blockchain in many use cases, especially in the central bank digital currency and financial services arena, it is imperative for digital assets to be quantum safe if they are to survive increased scrutiny as quantum computing evolves. Furthermore, in order to flourish in the mainstream, blockchains must bridge the twin requirements for user privacy and regulatory compliance – a challenge not yet overcome.
The Arqit digital assets research paper describes a new layer of technology to deliver security against quantum attacks. It ensures the confidentiality of transactions while ensuring compliance. It is approximately 1,400 times less computationally intensive than typical post- quantum algorithms – a key advantage in making security work with speed. Finally, it incorporates a patented technology that measures the energy efficiency of every participating piece of equipment making the algorithms more carbon-efficient than the public key infrastructure (PKI). The paper is published at www.arqit.uk/investors.
David Williams, Founder and CEO of Arqit, commented: “Our digital assets product
enables governments, enterprises and distributed networks to embrace blockchain for large scale use cases, whilst protecting user privacy and delivering environmental benefits. The world needs stronger, simpler encryption to counter the cyber-attacks we see today, and the quantum attacks we will see tomorrow. Blockchain cannot flourish without the enhancements that Arqit is uniquely positioned to deliver”.
About Arqit Limited:
Arqit supplies a unique quantum encryption Platform-as-a-Service which secures the
communications links of any networked device against current and future forms of attack –
even from a quantum computer. Arqit’s product, QuantumCloudTM, enables any device to
download a lightweight software agent of less than 200 lines of code, which can create keys in partnership with any other device. The keys are, computationally secure, don’t exist until the moment they are needed and can never be known to a third party. QuantumCloudTM can create limitless volumes of keys in limitless group sizes and can regulate the secure entrance and exit of a device in a group. The addressable market for QuantumCloudTM is every connected device. The release of QuantumCloudTM 1.0 will launch to the first cohort of customers in the second half of 2021, with $130M in contracts already committed*.
On May 12, 2021, Arqit entered into a definitive agreement to combine with Centricus Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: CENHU, CENH, CENHUW), a special purpose acquisition company, which would result in Arqit becoming a publicly listed company on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the name Arqit Quantum Inc.
*As of release date
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