PQShield is a UK-based security software and hardware company that specializes in post quantum cryptography. The team offers a full suite of quantum-secure cryptographic solutions that include cryptographic software, hardware, and public key infrastructure. These products can be used to protect messaging services, data, and apps.
Quantum computers pose a major threat to information security. Their processing power could be used to crack public key encryption. For example, hackers could use a quantum machine to decode encryption keys from end-to-end messaging services. This threat is one of the main reasons companies are taking immediate action when a quantum attack occurs.
PQShield has a team of PhDs and engineers who are developing cryptographic hardware and software to help organisations migrate to quantum-ready encryption. They are also working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop new encryption standards.
The supporting process
PQShield’s PQC IP is currently being deployed in leading device manufacturers and is expected to be a compliant solution for the upcoming US NIST/FIPS post-quantum cryptography standards. It will be the first company to submit a FIPS 140-3 library to the supporting process.
The technology of quantum computers has huge potential to benefit society. However, their huge processing power poses significant risks to the security of digital information. In the future, a quantum computer could break cryptography, resulting in massive losses of data. Therefore, governments have urged companies to improve their digital infrastructure. Using a quantum-secure cryptographic solution ensures that sensitive data is protected.
The National Institute
PQShield is a leading expert in quantum-safe cryptography and has a strong track record of demonstrating these technologies in the field. In addition, the team is leading the standardization efforts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for post-quantum cryptography.
PQShield has developed partnerships with several companies, including Microchip Technology, Collins Aerospace, and KETS Quantum Security. These relationships help PQShield bring the quantum-ready cryptographic solutions to market. These collaborations will allow organisations to transition to new cryptographic systems while still utilizing their legacy technology.
PQShield’s technology is designed to provide an end-to-end solution that is future-proof. They offer cryptographic secure elements, hardware cryptography IPs, and applications that can be integrated into mobile applications, messaging platforms, and server applications. Using these systems, businesses can operate in the cloud or on legacy technology, and run their own security operations.
PQShield’s solutions are based on the NIST PQC Finalist algorithms, offering size-optimized implementations. They can also be implemented as cryptographic SDKs, which can be integrated into any app. Additionally, the company provides a number of solutions that are specifically designed to work with RISC-V based platforms. RISC-V is an open standard instruction set architecture.
As part of their effort to improve their offerings, PQShield recently secured funding from Oxford Science Enterprises and Crane Venture Partners. With the investment, the company plans to expand its operations internationally and accelerate product development. Also, the company is focusing on the US and EMEA markets to increase its presence and market reach.