Keyfactor and Quantinuum Announce Integration to Help Organizations Further Post-Quantum Readiness

January 30, 2024

Keyfactor, the identity-first security solution for modern enterprises, and Quantinuum, the world’s largest integrated quantum computing company, have partnered to strengthen the root of trust, a critical component in reliable public key infrastructures (PKIs) and code signing.

This integration is an important first step in a journey to protect Keyfactor’s users against multiple present-day and future cybersecurity risks, including the growing threat to encrypted communications posed by the potential misuse of rapidly advancing quantum computing technology.

Certainty About Key Quality

Given the rapid rise of bad actors, organizations are facing increasingly sophisticated attacks. In the future, misuse of quantum computing will be another threat that may compromise data. More than ever, data and communications rely on systems and processes to ensure their protection and accuracy. Digital certificates and PKI remain great options to strengthen the security of machine-to-machine communications from attacks.

Regardless of whether post-quantum or classical PKI algorithms are in use, the first step in the production of strong certificates is the generation of good-quality entropy, the random data used for the private keys. Traditionally, this has relied on noise derived from sources such as network and memory latency, as well as hardware assistance where the underlying system is able to provide it. Unfortunately, these approaches cannot guarantee the quality of the entropy, which leaves the strength of certificates against sophisticated attacks in doubt.

Verified quantum entropy sources solve this problem, using the laws of quantum physics to prove a near-perfect level of randomness in the entropy produced. With a high-quality entropy source, users can be confident that the keys they are using reflect the same level of quality and have not, in some way, been compromised in generation.

The Groundwork for Quantum Safety

To ensure high-quality keys, Keyfactor now offers a PKI platform that integrates with Quantum Origin, the world’s only verified source of quantum entropy.

Using verified quantum entropy assures the quality of keys used to provide the root of trust, both now for classical cryptography and in the future as post-quantum cryptographic algorithms also become more widely deployed.

“Quantum-readiness hinges on an organization’s knowledge of its cryptography and ability to defend itself against advanced threats. In this new era of cybersecurity, leaders are feeling a heightened sense of urgency to implement solutions that will secure digital interactions and communications before quantum computing becomes a reality,” said Joe Tong, Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales, Keyfactor. “Keyfactor’s partnership with Quantinuum, together with our existing collection of post-quantum algorithm implementations, will be able to provide customers with trust-based solutions that are hardened both with quantum technology and the latest post-quantum cryptographic research. Together with Quantinuum, we are building strong cybersecurity foundations for the future, one step at a time.”

“The security and integrity of digital communications and transactions depends on the strength of digital certificates. By integrating Quantum Origin, Keyfactor’s customers can now leverage the world’s only source of verified quantum entropy to strengthen certificate generation.” said Duncan Jones, Head of Cybersecurity at Quantinuum.

About Quantinuum

Quantinuum, the world’s largest integrated quantum company, pioneers powerful quantum computers and advanced software solutions. Quantinuum’s technology drives breakthroughs in materials discovery, cybersecurity, and next-gen quantum AI. With almost 500 employees, including 370+ scientists and engineers, Quantinuum leads the quantum computing revolution across continents.

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Kaniah Konkoly-Thege

Kaniah is Chief Legal Counsel and SVP of Government Relations for Quantinuum. In her previous role, she served as General Counsel, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Prior to Honeywell, she was General Counsel, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC, and Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy. She was Lead Counsel before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kaniah holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and B.A., International Relations and Spanish from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is Chief Information Officer for Quantinuum. In his previous role, he served as CIO for Honeywell Quantum Solutions and led a cross-functional team responsible for Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security. For Honeywell, Jeff has held numerous management and executive roles in Information Technology, Security, Integrated Supply Chain and Program Management. Jeff holds a B.S., Computer Science, University of Arizona. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Commander.

Matthew Bohne

Matthew Bohne is the Vice President & Chief Product Security Officer for Honeywell Corporation. He is a passionate cybersecurity leader and executive with a proven track record of building and leading cybersecurity organizations securing energy, industrial, buildings, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and consumer sectors. He is a sought-after expert with deep experience in DevSecOps, critical infrastructure, software engineering, secure SDLC, supply chain security, privacy, and risk management.

Todd Moore

Todd Moore is the Global Vice President of Data Encryption Products at Thales. He is responsible for setting the business line and go to market strategies for an industry leading cybersecurity business. He routinely helps enterprises build solutions for a wide range of complex data security problems and use cases. Todd holds several management and technical degrees from the University of Virginia, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Ithaca College. He is active in his community, loves to travel and spends much of his free time supporting his family in pursuing their various passions.

John Davis

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President, Public Sector for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to prevent successful cyber breaches. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.  Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations.