ADVA achieves world-first 100G quantum-safe transport over 2,800km|
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ADVA achieves world-first 100G quantum-safe transport over 2,800km
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Pioneering joint demo highlights how future-proof ultra-secure encryption is
available today for existing telco networks
Trondheim, Norway. June 13, 2018. ADVA (FSE: ADV) today announced a world-first
showcase of 100Gbit/s quantum-safe optical communication over a long-haul
network. The unique joint demo with some of Europe's leading national research
and education networks (NRENs) highlights how high-speed, secure connectivity
with robust protection even against large-scale quantum computer attacks is
possible over deployed operational infrastructure. Companies and institutions
requiring long-term security of critical information will be particularly
interested in the breakthrough technology, as it offers a seamless solution for
safeguarding today's sensitive data against future quantum-enabled decryption.
The trial link stretched 2,800km between Poznan, Poland, and Trondheim, Norway,
and covered multi-operator optical transport in three separate research and
education networks. Broadnet, GÉANT, NORDUnet, PSNC and UNINETT were all
instrumental partners in the joint demo.
"What we've accomplished here is of enormous significance to any organization
transporting large volumes of sensitive and valuable data. Alongside our NREN
partners, we're proving how quantum-safe site-to-site connectivity can be
achieved using our FSP 3000 optical transport technology with ConnectGuard(TM)
AES encryption and a post-quantum key exchange algorithm. And by showcasing the
solution in a very realistic scenario, we're underlining how network operators
can offer long-term security to their customers right now," said Jörg-Peter
Elbers, SVP, advanced technology, ADVA. "The appeal of post-quantum cryptography
compared to quantum key distribution is that it offers a straightforward,
seamless transition from current key exchange protocols. As a digital method, it
is independent on the physical layer, making it easily deployable also over
long-haul and multi-operator links. Both methods can, of course, be used in
combination providing an even higher level of security."
The pioneering joint field trial takes an algorithmic approach to cryptography,
which is simple and cost-effective as it requires only changes at the endpoints
and can be used over any standard optical transport network. It utilizes a post-
quantum public-key encryption system based on a variant of the Niederreiter
scheme. While its large key size has prohibited the use in low bit-rate
applications in the past, its implementation has now become practical in optical
transport networks thanks to the high data rates here. The Niederreiter
cryptosystem has been investigated by security researchers for decades and has
never been broken, which makes it a strong contender also for standardization by
the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the joint demo,
the Niederreiter algorithm was combined with the classical Diffie-Hellman method
in a hybrid key exchange system. The unique advantage of this approach is that
operators can introduce quantum security in an agile manner without having to
give up the classical key exchange they are used to.
"As a leading research and education network, we appreciate the value of
protecting information from today's threats and tomorrow's quantum attacks. Up
to now, network operators have been unsure about when to implement quantum-
resistant encryption, balancing the value of their data against the cost and
complexity of applying the technology. This demo shows decision makers that a
response to quantum hacking is now within their grasp," commented Artur
Binczewski, director, network technology division, PSNC. "As well as cutting-
edge research institutions, this technology will be a vital tool for government
agencies, healthcare providers and financial companies - in fact any
organization vulnerable to hackers who are harvesting data today in order to
decrypt it as soon as they get their hands on quantum computers."
About ADVA Optical Networking
ADVA Optical Networking is a company founded on innovation and driven to help
our customers succeed. For over two decades, our technology has empowered
networks across the globe. We're continually developing breakthrough hardware
and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business
opportunities. It's these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers
to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today's society and
for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we're building a truly connected and
sustainable future. For more information on how we can help you, please visit us
ADVA Optical Networking SE, Munich, Germany
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