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Partnership to address quantum-safe IoT connections – Shield Smart

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In the wake of quantum computing advancements, Internet of Things (IoT) devices are being confronted with security challenges that require the development of quantum-resistant security measures tailored to the unique constraints and requirements of IoT deployments.

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As businesses and governments seek to secure their IoT ecosystems, the market potential for quantum-safe technology is limitless.

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Telefónica, IDEMIA Secure Transactions and Quside announce a partnership that will set new standards for security and resilience in IoT ecosystems, protecting both device infrastructure and data from potential quantum attacks.

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Part of a long-term collaboration between Telefónica and IDEMIA Secure Transactions, early successes include the deployment of a quantum-safe 5G SIM card in 2022. This initiative now introduces Quantum-Safe IoT connectivity and Transport Layer Security (TLS), a cryptographic protocol that enables the deployment of new cryptographic protocols without the need for hardware changes. It also leverages Quside’s strong randomness quantum technology generator that ultimately leads to unpredictable and more efficient computation.

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These solutions will be particularly useful as a first step for industrial companies, especially for those with long-lasting devices (15+ years), granting secure connections between IoT devices, such as smart meters, and their operating systems.

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In the future, these innovations will enable Telefónica to offer new cryptographic quantum security services to IoT developers through the GSMA Open Gateway platform, the telecoms industry initiative to transform networks into open platforms.

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What’s next after quantum

Post-quantum is the next revolution to come in the communications and data industry and IDEMIA Secure Transactions, Quside and Telefónica’s partnership underlines their shared commitment to innovation and leadership in post-quantum technology. This collaboration not only addresses current security challenges but also anticipates future threats, ensuring long-term protection for IoT devices.

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“At Telefónica, we persistently evolve our understanding of the future to transform it into reality. These quantum-safe developments will enable Telefónica and its customers to benefit from enhanced security with easier deployment. End users will also gain from the assurance of uninterrupted services and protection against advanced cyber threats, during the whole device lifetime,” stated Antonio Guzmandiscovery director at Telefónica Innovación Digital.

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Fabien JautardEVP for connectivity services at IDEMIA Secure Transactions, claims that IDEMIA Secure Transactions has been engaged for years in creating quantum-resistant technologies that safeguard society in the post-quantum world.

Commenting on the partnership with Telefónica, he added that this represents another milestone in secure communications. “With such an innovative approach alongside Telefónica, IDEMIA Secure Transactions demonstrates its conviction that co-creating innovative solutions with its long-standing customers is shaping a safer digital future for consumers,” he continued.

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