Prestigious German Innovation Award for ADVA’s Quantum-Safe Encryption Technology

ADVA’s quantum-safe encryption technology has received one of Germany’s most prestigious innovation prizes, the Thuringia Innovation Award. This award highlights the importance of ADVA’s highly secure crypto module, which integrates all critical security functions and offers full protection for sensitive data in transit. Even against the prospect of quantum computer attacks, it would provide the strongest network protection possible.

The quantum-safe encryption technology from ADVA would also reduce time to market for clients that provide highly secure services by making the certification and regulatory approval of ADVA’s encryption technology easier.

“Encryption solutions commonly used in sectors like utilities, government and financial networks are not sufficient to withstand attacks that leverage the unique capabilities of emerging quantum computers,” said Uli Schlegel, senior director of product management at Network Security, ADVA. “Any critical infrastructure still using legacy encryption will become vulnerable, and this is a serious issue for the global economy and society. To counter the quantum threat, we’ve developed our highly secure crypto module. It makes it easy for customers to access the industry’s most robust network protection technology. Integrating all essential security functions, our crypto module offers protection even from criminals intent on harvesting data today in order to use it when quantum computers become available.”

Quantum Computing Technology

Photo Michael Roth, General Manager Network Security at ADVA
“Soon, attackers using quantum algorithms will be able to successfully compromise established encryption solutions with very serious consequences,” said Michael Roth, General Manager Network Security at ADVA.

As quantum computing technology advances, transportation systems must be able to adapt to a fast-changing security situation. Even the most powerful quantum computers can’t break the encryption techniques used by ADVA’s high-security crypto module, according to the company. It would also speed up and lower the cost of certification and approval processes, which may be time-consuming and costly. The new module, which was researched and built in ADVA’s secured facilities in Meiningen, Germany, would ensure complete transparency for clients and regulatory bodies while preventing any interference.

“The emergence of quantum computers will bring many benefits to society, but they will also present us with a major challenge,” said Michael Roth, General Manager Network Security at ADVA. “Soon, attackers using quantum algorithms will be able to successfully compromise established encryption solutions with very serious consequences. In fact, hackers are stealing encrypted data today intending to leverage quantum technology to crack it at a future date. The quantum threat is real and it’s urgent. That’s why we’ve spent the last few years developing our high-security crypto module, a quantum-safe technology that’s both easy to integrate and capable of safeguarding sensitive data now and well into the future.”

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