AustCyber project funding brings Australian quantum technology and advanced encryption to sovereign secure cloud.
Today three cybersecurity companies Vault Cloud, QuintessenceLabs and Ziroh Labs announce a ground-breaking integration of homomorphic encryption and Australian quantum expertise into Vault Cloud’s secure hyperscale cloud for Australian government and critical industries.
Funded by AustCyber – the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network – as part of its AU$15 million Projects Fund, the project connects commercial quantum solutions with cryptographic applications in a secure cloud. AustCyber’s funding has allowed the companies to integrate advanced Australian physics capabilities, with an offering to government and industry coming in late 2019
“This is an outstanding example of world leading Australian cyber security research and development being commercialised to our domestic market and demonstrating its importance to export markets,” said Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber.
Secure cryptographic applications require a large amount of true random numbers. QuintessenceLabs is a leader in quantum cybersecurity solutions, deployed in private companies and governments around the world. These include a quantum entropy generator that produces large quantities of true random numbers for secure cryptographic applications. Traditionally, random numbers are generated using algorithms, seeded by observing events inside operating systems and networks. Modern applications need large amounts of entropy and, without a large supply, applications must either slow down or risk lowering their protection.
QuintessenceLabs’ Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) generates true random numbers using a phenomenon called quantum tunnelling. Charged particles tunnel through a diode in an unpredictable way, creating random fluctuations that are processed and delivered at 1Gbit/s. The QRNG is available as a standalone solution or integrated into the qCrypt key management capabilities to meet organizations’ entropy and security needs.
QuintessenceLabs’ software integration makes this function available to applications as a service over the network. This can be seamlessly integrated into default and standard endpoints with no changes to client software configurations. “Organisations are subject to an increasing number of cyber-attacks, and traditional approaches are no longer sufficient to securely protect information,” said QuintessenceLabs founder and CEO, Vikram Sharma. “QuintessenceLabs is delighted to bring our quantum cybersecurity capabilities to this unique Australian integration, giving industry and government access to the strongest data protection.”
Vault Cloud’s hyperscale cloud has also integrated its new Barbican technology - a sophisticated key and secrets management layer with access auditing. In the AustCyber project, Barbican was connected to QuintessenceLabs’ qStream, underpinned by their quantum technology, creating the next generation of cloud encryption.
Vault Cloud will offer this new technology to customers later this year. “We are excited to be able to integrate cutting-edge Australian research and resulting deep tech advancement into our secure cloud and give access to this enhanced key and secrets management to governments and critical infrastructure providers,” said Rupert Taylor-Price, founder and CEO of Vault Cloud.
Ziroh Labs’ homomorphic encryption technology allows data to remain encrypted while certain operations are performed on it. This technology was integrated into the identity, secrets management and storage systems of Vault Cloud. Ziroh Lab’s OStor system allows content, metadata, folder structures and content index to be stored in encrypted format while being available for search, viewing and retrieval without decrypting on the server side. This integration work takes another large stride towards delivering homomorphic encryption to end users.
“In addition to OStor, Ziroh Labs has launched developer friendly products for organisations to easily adopt homomorphic encryption without requiring specialised teams to get the benefit,” said Hrishikesh Dewan, Founder and CEO of Ziroh Labs Inc.
Through the combining of several technologies into a new commercialised solution, the AustCyber Projects Fund has supported the development of an advanced, secure, scalable and easily deployable package for an Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) system leveraging full-entropy quantum keys and homomorphic encryption. This allows an 'always encrypted’ paradigm, with features like secure cloud storage, search and collaboration on encrypted data.
QuintessenceLabs is a global leader in quantum safe cybersecurity, delivering unique products that integrate high-value security techniques with advanced quantum technology. These include the world’s fastest true random number generator, flexible and interoperable key and policy manager, and integrated encryption solutions for on-premise or in-cloud implementations. QuintessenceLabs is also at the forefront of the development of quantum key distribution, securing key exchange using the laws of physics, even from the threat of quantum computers.
About Vault Cloud
Vault Cloud is an Australian ASD certified cloud service provider that operates a secure, sovereign, hyperscale government community cloud. Vault's cloud platform natively embeds Australian Government security controls and was in the first group of cloud providers to be certified by the Australian Signals Directorate for classified systems. Vault delivers a secure hyperscale technology platform driving agile digital transformation within organisations. Bringing together scalable, flexible, open standards cloud with the highest level of security, privacy, governance, physical sovereignty and legal sovereignty, Vault accelerates the performance of critical systems to exceed stakeholder expectations and outcomes.
Vault’s services are procured by major government departments, including the Digital Transformation Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services and Department of Defence. Vault’s services are delivered through partners including Fujitsu, Leidos, RXP, Agile Digital, Accenture, ASG amongst others.
About Ziroh Labs
Ziroh Labs is a start-up formed with the core idea of creating privacy-preserving cryptographic systems that can be used en masse. We believe that privacy is a very important requirement and should be adhered to under all circumstances.
While the traditional methods of privacy entail an implicit notion of trust to third-party service providers, it is being observed in multiple instances across the globe that such trust, however, does not exist.
Ziroh Labs is formed to design systems where implicit trust mechanisms are a thing of the past, and users are endowed with complete controls on what is being shared, used and profiled.