The European Union has chosen the QSAFE (Quantum Network System Architecture for Europe) consortium to design the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure. The QSAFE consortium comprises strong European industry partners such as Deutsche Telekom, Thales, Thales Alenia Space and Telefónica and a well-known research institute such as the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.
The QSAFE study focuses on the generation and distribution of quantum-safe keys (QKD). The first users are expected to be the European Union, EU member states and other government-related agencies.
fragmentiX Storage Solutions provides expertise in Cybersecurity and Privacy as well as information-theoretical secure storage appliances.
OpenQKD will act as a facilitator and multiplicator for quantum-based cryptography solutions. The cooperation of European academia, industry and startups on the deployment of open testbed sites across Europe, accessible for external stakeholders to perform field trials, will significantly increase the awareness and facilitate the involvement with QKD.
The consortium consists of a variety of players, including network service providers, global providers of telecommunication equipment, innovative high-tech SMEs, and high-performance research, innovation centers and academic partners, with demonstrable track in various fields of quantum technologies, security, optical networking, and network management.
fragmentiX Storage Solutions coordinated the Use-Case in Graz together with the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. This use case demonstrates secure data sharing of digital histological slides (up to 10 GB/image; big amounts of data), supplied by the Biobank Graz, linked with clinical and genetic data (highly sensitive data) between Medical University Graz and Hospital (Landeskrankenhaus) Graz II. The data is split by a fragmentiX CLUSTER storage appliance into 4 shares with information-theoretic security and transported to up to 3 datacenters from CYC with dark fibre and QKD protection.
Data security and data autonomy is a fundamental necessity for the governmental sector and critical infrastructure in order to secure economic competitiveness as well as national security.
The protection of confidential data, data integrity and data authentication using current encryption methods is threatened by global developments and investments in quantum computers, since asymmetrical encryption methods (public key cryptography) used today can be broken by quantum computers. It is therefore necessary to develop new encryption technologies and systems that are “quantum-safe”.
In addition to the technological research outcomes, the results from QKD4GOV are also the basis for the positioning and potentially active leadership of Austria in the European EuroQCI initiative and will flow into the future national cryptography-infrastructure for governmental authorities.
Under the coordination of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, fragmentiX provides information-theoretic secure storage appliances to government institutions in Austria as a part of the QKD4GOV project.