‘Unhackable’ IoT chip-maker: “This is the iPhone moment for IoT security”

Crypto Quantique has introduced what it’s calling “the world’s most advanced security product for IoT devices”.

Unveiled at IoT Solutions World Congress this week, the UK company says it’s new quantum driven secure chip (QDSC) as the capabilities required to become the “foundational security product for every IoT device in the world”.

When combined with cryptographic APIs, the QDSC provides highly scalable, integratable and easy-to-implement end-to-end security for any connected device.

The QDSC is unique to every device and unclonable, which makes it almost impossible to hack. It has been developed using a combination of the most advanced techniques in cryptography and quantum physics.

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.

According to Gartner, securing IoT is the world’s most visible challenge due to the growth of the category. There were 6 billion IoT devices in 2015 but this is expected to rocket to 150 billion by 2030 – that’s 15 devices for every person.

This rapid rate of growth means existing security products are struggling to keep up and unable to provide the reliable and future-proof safety features required to meet this expected demand.

“We have developed a foundational technology that redefines the concept of security for IoT devices,” said Shahram Mossayebi, co-founder, 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. “

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 (i.e., public or private cloud) through CQ’s cryptographic APIs, where it is managed automatically and remotely while the device is in the field.

Mossayebi continued: “This is the iPhone moment for the IoT security category. It represents a complete step change, we’ve built something completely unique.”

Some of the world’s biggest businesses in energy, defence, aerospace and banking are already engaged with pilots running and pre-orders being taken now.

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