Qubitekk named finalist for Edison Award for quantum-based security technology

By IQT News posted 14 Feb 2022

(HPC.Wire) Quantum Protected Network, a cutting-edge cybersecurity technology developed by Qubitekk and field tested at EPB, has been named a finalist for a 2022 Edison Award. This new cybersecurity application is an extension of previous research and development by Qubitekk and EPB in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Qubitekk, based in San Diego, has also completed a SBIR Phase 2 effort for a quantum protected communication solution for the U.S. Department of Defense at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
“Qubitekk is an American-owned company that has developed a quantum-based cyber security solution using entangled photon cryptography which creates an unbreakable link that is safe today and in the future,” said Dr. Duncan Earl, President and CTO of, Qubitekk, Inc. “Qubitekk has also tested a quantum secure network link for the U.S. Air Force SCADA control system, a non-classified internet protocol router network.”
The Quantum Protected Network is a finalist for the 2022 Edison Award in the Communications and Cybersecurity category for critical human infrastructure.
The Edison Awards are an annual competition honoring the highest levels of new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. This prestigious award recognizes and honors innovations that create a positive impact on the world.
“Qubitekk is presently the only U.S. commercial provider of quantum protected networks,” said Earl. “Qubitekk’s patented technology distributes entangled photons over optical fibers to create matched quantum generated random keys. Quantum receivers exchange secure keys in seconds without the need to maintain cumbersome public key infrastructure.”
Qubitekk, ORNL, Los Alamos and EPB have worked together for several years on the QED: Quantum Ensured Defense of the Smart Electric Grid project. Based on cutting-edge quantum science and network security, QED uses quantum communications in an effort to protect power grid control signals from third-party infiltration. EPB is the only utility in the United States that is field testing this quantum technology.

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