Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Crypto Quantique ups security for IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2018



At last week’s IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, UK company Crypto Quantique unveiled what it claims is the world's most advanced security product for IoT devices. The firm said it had the capabilities to become the foundational security product for every IoT device in the world.
 
The technology consists of a quantum driven secure chip (QDSC) on silicon which, when combined with cryptographic APIs, provides scalable, integratable, easy-to-implement and seamless end-to-end security for any connected device.
 
The QDSC is unique to every device and unclonable, which is said to make it almost impossible to hack. It has been developed using a combination of the techniques in cryptography and quantum physics.
 
"We have developed a foundational technology that redefines the concept of security for IoT devices," said Shahram Mossayebi (pictured), co-founder of Crypto Quantique. "Due to built-in legacy issues with technology, IoT security has always been a bolt on until now. Our product can either be an integrated part of the development process or be retrofitted into any connected device. This kills the feature function conversation in IoT security."
 
Each chip generates a large number of unique, unclonable and tamper-evident cryptographic keys by harnessing quantum processes in nano-devices on silicon.
 
Because of the uniqueness and way in which the keys are generated, there is no requirement to store the keys on the device because the keys can be retrieved on demand. This eliminates secure storage requirements and leakage of sensitive information.
 
Every day, millions of devices are sent to facilities around the world to have secret keys injected into them. This is said to eliminate this huge cost and security overhead.
 
In addition to building the chip, Crypto Quantique also provides the cryptographic APIs and manages the end-to-end security to remove the multiple parties involved in the security chain. This means there are no open windows in connectivity when it comes to security.
 
Once a QDSC is placed in a device, it links directly to the owner system such as a public or private cloud through CQ's cryptographic APIs, where it is managed automatically and remotely while the device is in the field.
 
"This is the iPhone moment for the IoT security category,” said Mossayebi. “It represents a complete step change; we've built something completely unique."