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Arqit launches the world’s first integrated solution for quantum-safe VPN connectivity using Symmetric Key Agreement

Juniper Networks provides secure networking technology for the quantum-safe VPN connectivity solution through a technology alliance with Arqit

London, UK - 5 September 2023 - Arqit Quantum Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQQ, ARQQW) (“Arqit”), a leader in quantum-safe encryption, today announces the availability of the world’s first integrated solution for quantum-safe VPN communications.

Arqit’s QuantumCloud™ is the world’s first fully scalable cloud-based symmetric key agreement platform, capable of creating zero trust quantum-safe encryption keys at any device. By integrating QuantumCloud™ with Juniper Networks® vSRX Virtual Firewall, the resulting solution enables quantum-safe encrypted connectivity between customer locations, keeping data safe both at rest and in transit. Arqit’s QuantumCloud uses unique symmetric key agreement software to provide quantum-safe keys which are used by Juniper SRX devices during the formation of secure tunnels.

Juniper’s vSRX Virtual Firewall supports the ETSI 014 standard and RFC8784 for IPsec, resulting in the first GA product supporting flexibility and scalability in generating and using symmetric keys from various sources, including Arqit's symmetric keys.

David Williams, Arqit Founder, Chairman and CEO said, “It is an honour to work with Juniper. We’re excited to leverage our integration to deliver enhanced protection against sophisticated cyber attacks of today and tomorrow. In conjunction with Juniper’s vSRX Virtual Firewall, our strong, simple encryption enables governments and enterprises to realise enhanced protection against cyber threats and to take a major step forward in significantly reducing the quantum threat from their risk registers.”

Samantha Madrid, Group Vice President, Security Business and Strategy at Juniper Networks said, “Juniper is thrilled to be working with Arqit through our technology alliance to enable quantum-safe encrypted connectivity using the QuantumCloud Platform. It is imperative that innovation efforts continue in cybersecurity as threats continue to proliferate in tandem with the pace of digitalisation. Juniper and Arqit are paving the way for safe and reliable cybersecurity solutions to deliver the best experience for organisations and businesses.”

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