Acronis and ID Quantique to Bring Quantum-Safe Encryption to Cloud Data Protection

Acronis, a company specialized in new generation data protection, and ID Quantique, a company specialized in quantum-safe crypto solutions, announced a collaboration to help protect companies from future security threats related to advances in decryption techniques and the arrival of quantum computing.

Future quantum computers may be able to perform computations that would be otherwise impossible, and break encryption codes much faster today’s computers. This explains the enthusiasm of researchers, venture capitalists, and the intelligence community for the first quantum computing demonstrations.

With offices and data centers distributed worldwide, Acronis develops on-premise and cloud software for backup, disaster recovery, secure file sync, and shared data access. The Acronis Labs, based in the United States, Singapore and Russia, focus on research and development.

Acronis will work with ID Quantique to bring quantum-safe encryption capabilities to Acronis cloud solutions – making Acronis the first cloud data protection solution provider in the industry to do so. The capabilities will help companies protect the increasing amount of data that is outside of the company firewall and on multiple mobile devices, while also preventing unauthorized users – including hackers and cyber thieves – from accessing Acronis customer data in transit and in the cloud.

“Protecting data in the cloud and on mobile devices requires more than just keeping a backup copy. Companies also need advanced data security and data privacy for complete protection, and they need vendors that are serious about preventing unauthorized access to their data,” Serguei Beloussov, Acronis Co-Founder and CEO, told Hacked in an interview. “With quantum random number generation, we can generate highly unique user keys for that are extremely difficult, if not impossible, for unauthorized users to decrypt.”

As advances in quantum computing continue, we are committed to closely watching developments in post-quantum classical encryption and being at the forefront of this innovation to help keep our customers and partners ahead of future threats.

Quantum-Safe Protection Against New Cyber Security Threats

ID QuantiqueIn the Acronis press release, Beloussov noted that quantum computing will bring new cybersecurity threats that companies cannot ignore – especially those moving more IT operations like data protection to the cloud. “We’re working with leaders such as ID Quantique to innovate in areas like quantum-safe encryption,” he said.

Acronis and ID Quantique will leverage quantum-safe encryption to provide increased security capabilities to Acronis cloud data protection solutions, including quantum-resistant encryption, quantum key distribution, and quantum random number generators.

“Quantum-safe approaches are essential to guarantee long-term confidentiality of data,” said Gregoire Ribordy, CEO at Id Quantique. “This kind of solution will become the de-facto standard for the cloud, and Acronis, as a first-mover, will have a strong edge.”

In a previous Hacked interview, Ribordy explained that quantum cryptography provides security based on fundamental quantum physics, invulnerable to computing power. Therefore, it’s important to transition to quantum-safe cryptographic techniques and to do that early enough, before powerful quantum computers able to break today’s best encryption schemes become available.

Id Quantique’s quantum random number generators exploit the fundamentally random nature of quantum physics to generate high-quality random numbers. Ribordy explained that it is essential to use high-quality random number generators in security applications.

The NSA recently updated its list of encryption algorithms approved for government use, with specific references to the emerging threat of future quantum computers able to break the best encryption methods used today.

Images from Acronis and Id Quantique.

Giulio Prisco is a freelance writer specialized in science, technology, business and future studies.