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Quantum News Briefs June 9: ISARA & LightBridge group partner to advance post-quantum cryptography in government; US and UK unite in quantum research: A cross-Atlantic partnership for scientific discovery; Aliro Quantum wins 3 Gold Globee Awards + MORE

Quantum News Briefs looks at news in the quantum industry.

Quantum News Briefs is a news series that looks at news in the quantum computing industry.

Quantum News Briefs June 9: ISARA & LightBridge group partner to advance post-quantum cryptography in government; US and UK unite in quantum research: A cross-Atlantic partnership for scientific discovery; Aliro Quantum wins 3 Gold Globee Awards + MORE.

ISARA & LightBridge group partner to advance post-quantum cryptography in government

ISARA, a leader in post-quantum cryptography (PQC) and cryptographic risk management, and the LightBridge Group, today announced their strategic partnership to advance post-quantum cryptography solutions and risk management services across the U.S. government.
“The LightBridge Group brings decades of government experience and insight which, in addition to its quantum science and cybersecurity expertise, complements ISARA’s capabilities and roadmap plans. We warmly welcome this partnership and look forward to advancing PQC and cryptographic risk management, together, at the federal level,” stated Atsushi Yamada, CEO of ISARA.
“U.S. Government agencies are committed to preparing their IT systems for the arrival of cryptography-breaking quantum computers,” said Jonah Force Hill, Managing Director & Head of Client Services at The LightBridge Group. “We believe that ISARA has the right experience and the right technologies to address the government’s critical, quantum-safe needs.”
Hill previously served as the director for cybersecurity and emerging technology on the staff of the National Security Council at The White House, where he was responsible for directing President Biden’s National Security Memorandum on post-quantum cryptography (NSM 10).
The LightBridge Group provides business consulting services for quantum technology companies. Our experts bring decades of experience in business, government, science and technology, providing guidance to clients from early-stage startups to established Fortune 500 firms in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe.
ISARA‘s mission is to build a quantum-safe world. Founded in 2015, Canada-based ISARA specializes in cryptographic risk management and crypto-agile and quantum-safe security solutions and services for today’s information technology ecosystems. Click here to read announcement in-entirety.

US and UK unite in quantum research: A cross-Atlantic partnership for scientific discovery

The United States and United Kingdom are sharing expertise and capabilities in the blossoming field of quantum information science across the pond. This new partnership between the countries will lead to new quantum devices, insights into their performance, ways to harness quantum information and discoveries in fundamental physics.
Research will be conducted under the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, with the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory and Royal Holloway, University of London. With the additional institutions, the SQMS Center collaboration now totals 28 partners.
These new additions to the SQMS Center are rooted in goals to increase cooperation in the field of quantum information science between the U.S. and U.K. governments. These goals were set in a November 2021 joint statement that emphasizes the importance of growing an ecosystem of international partners with shared values. The statement also highlights the impact of quantum technology on global health security, climate change and efficient resource use.
“Our new U.K. partners bring unique characterization techniques that complement the SQMS Center’s strengths,” said Anna Grassellino, director of the SQMS Center. “This partnership advances the center’s mission of identifying and overcoming fundamental obstacles that interfere with quantum device performance, while also finding ways to use quantum devices to harness quantum information and perform physics and sensing experiments.” Click here to read announcement in-entirety.

Aliro Quantum wins 3 Gold Globee Awards

Aliro Quantum has announced it has been named a Gold-level winner in three categories of the 18th Annual 2023 Globee Awards for Information Technology. AliroNet, Aliro’s multipurpose entanglement-based secure network solution, was awarded gold in the start up achievement of the year in both IT Software and Telecommunications, as well as earning the gold award for Software Defined Networking.
The Globee Awards are organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs and business ranking lists, and this program honors achievements in the information technology and cybersecurity industries worldwide. The judging process involved the active participation of over 600 judges from diverse corners of the globe, representing a broad spectrum of industry experts who contributed their expertise to evaluate and assess the submissions received.
San Madan, President of Globee Awards, stated, “I am honored to congratulate the remarkable winners of the 2023 Globee Awards for Information Technology. Your dedication, innovation, and impactful contributions have set new standards of excellence in the IT industry. Your accomplishments inspire us all and reinforce the transformative power of technology. I commend each winner for their relentless pursuit of excellence and their unwavering commitment to driving progress in the digital era.”
“Less than a year after our official launch, AliroNet has already been recognized with numerous prestigious business awards, demonstrating that there is an appetite for multipurpose entanglement-based secure networks,” said Michael Wood, CMO with Aliro Quantum. “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished and will continue to explore and develop additional use cases for entanglement-based quantum networking including quantum secure communications, scaling quantum computers, and more. ” Click here for complete announcement on Aliro website.

IMDEA Software and IMDEA Networks work to deploy in the Community of Madrid “MadQCI”: Europe’s largest quantum network

IMDEA Software and IMDEA Networks Institutes are participating with six other partners (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Centro Español de Metrología, Fundación Vithas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid) in the MADQuantum-CM project, funded by the Community of Madrid, the Spanish State through the Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience, and the European Union through the NextGeneration EU funds. The objective of the project is the expansion of MadQCI, the new quantum communications network of the Community of Madrid. Quantum News Briefs summarizes the AAAS announcement.
MADQuantum-CM aims to show how quantum security solutions can be used throughout the scientific network infrastructure of the Community of Madrid in a transparent manner. Among its aims is also to create several testbeds and demonstrations to show how quantum networks and communications can be used by potential stakeholders. As Berberana points out, two of the areas to be explored in this project will be the application of quantum cryptography and quantum communications to support new networks, such as the future 6G networks.
In addition, it seeks to develop an innovation and training ecosystem to help grow the technology and supply chains for quantum communications technologies and services in Madrid and Spain (through collaboration with other regional quantum communications projects). The network infrastructure deployed by the project is expected to form the basis of a permanent quantum network that will enable continued innovation beyond its lifetime. Ultimately, these projects build on the extensive quantum communications expertise of their participants. Click here to read the announcement in-entirety.

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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