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SAS joins forces with CyberProtonics to enable quantum-secured satellite communications

By Dan O'Shea posted 14 Mar 2023

Quantum activity in the satellite communications community is ramping up quickly. As the topic is being explored at IQT The Hague this week, nanosatellite service provider Sky and Space Company Limited (SAS) separately announced a partnership with cybersecurity firm CyberProtonics, which has created a post quantum encryption technology for micro SATCOM next generation ground devices.

CyberProtonics will provide complete end-to-end encryption, with random modulation of key strength, for the company’s fleet of nanosatellites and ground terminals, according to a press release.

“With cybercrimes happening every eleven seconds, and the increased need for homeland protection, SAS has chosen CyberProtonics to drive high performance, low latency next generation security protection encryption. We are pleased to partner with them because they offer the strongest, fastest, lightest impact encryption for the IoT market. By embedding CyberProtonics advanced technology, we are in the best position to help protect our customers and their data.” said SAS CEO Mark Gilroy.

The statement added that SAS will immediately start embedding CyberProtonics proprietary technology as it prepares for the next launch of its constellation in early 2024.

This announcement comes as quantum satellite communications activity is heating up. Last week, QuSecure unveiled a post-quantum cryptography project with Starlink. Also, the EuroQCI project appointed German telecom operator Deutsche Telekom as a lead facilitator between government and industry.

Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years.

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