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#39579 - 04/12/04 03:32 PM Quantum Cryptography: It's here
Phatal Offline
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Registered: 04/05/04
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This is the official release PDF text of the service from MagiQ...

Embargoed until November 3, 2003
Andrew Hammond Anthony Citrano
MagiQ Technologies, Inc. fama PR
617/ 661-3338 617/ 758-4140
[email protected] [email protected]
MagiQ Technologies Announces General Availability of World’s
First Commercial Quantum Cryptography System
Navajo Security Gateway Offers Future-Proof, Unbreakable Encryption via Quantum Key
Distribution; Effective on an Unprecedented 120km Distance
NEW YORK, NY – Nov. 3, 2003 – MagiQ Technologies, Inc., the quantum
information processing (QIP) company, today announced the general availability
of its Navajo Secure Gateway, the world’s first commercially available quantum
key distribution (QKD) system. Relying on the laws of physics rather than the
computational difficulty of breaking keys, and easily integrated into existing
digital computing infrastructures, Navajo solves key distribution problems that
have been the bane of cryptographers for centuries. Incorporating real-time key
generation with quantum distribution of those keys makes for the most secure
cryptographic system ever. Navajo offers cost-effective protection from both
internal threats, such as disgruntled employees, and external threats including
corporate, government, and other sources of exposure. Navajo supports secure
key exchange at distances up to 120 km, a major technical accomplishment that
makes very long secure spans possible via cascading devices.
“After years of research and development, we are proud to have reached
commercial availability for this groundbreaking product. Until today,
encryption keys were vulnerable to being copied, and with quantum keys this is
not possible,” said Bob Gelfond, founder and CEO of MagiQ Technologies. “No
matter what advances occur in digital computing, quantum encryption can never
be deciphered, read or copied. Whether it’s securing government classified
communications, protecting financial data or trade secrets, or locking down fiber
segments of the telecommunications infrastructure, Navajo solves one of the
world’s toughest security problems.”
For telecommunications customers, Navajo’s DataMinder functionality adds
layers of VPN security and classically based data encryption to Navajo’s
quantum key distribution. At the first layer, DataMinder provides an always-on,
industry-standard, IPSEC site-to-site VPN, securing the existing solution and
providing system redundancy. The second layer utilizes symmetric quantum
keys from Navajo QKD for second pass, packet-level data encryption. Navajo
DataMinder combines quantum key distribution and data encryption for
customers that require absolute security for their information and applications.
“Applying quantum key distribution along with classical cryptography,
especially within segments of the telecommunications infrastructure, is a
groundbreaking approach because its security rests on the solid foundation of
quantum mechanics,” said Burt Kaliski, director and chief scientist of RSA
Laboratories. “A solution such as Navajo, with the ability to detect
eavesdropping with absolute certainty, can help make totally secure
communication links a reality.”
The security of quantum cryptography lies in the ability to exchange the
encryption key with absolute security – quantum key distribution. By encoding
the encryption key photon by photon and having more than one piece of
information on each photon, quantum mechanics guarantees that the act of an
eavesdropper intercepting a photon, even just to observe or read, irretrievably
changes that photon. Therefore, the eavesdropper can neither copy nor clone a
photon nor read more than one piece of information without destroying the
other piece. The use of quantum keys and truly random numbers makes data
encryption absolutely secure.
“If anyone is serious about uncrackable encryption, it's the government classified
customers we sell to,” said Norman Rosenthal, CTO of Tempest Systems, a
federal systems integrator. “The response to the Navajo security appliance has
been fantastic, and we can offer these discriminating users the absolute
guarantee that any type of eavesdropping on their secure lines will be
immediately detected and reported in real-time. It's the only technology we've
ever seen that is 100% secure.”
QIP is the intersection of quantum physics and computer science, moving
beyond classical computers and previously unsolvable problems by making use
of quantum mechanical phenomena. The field is now one of the hottest areas of
both computer science and physics.
MagiQ Technologies has built a portfolio of intellectual property around QIP and
plans to continue bringing to market commercial implementations of field-tested
quantum information devices. For more information about Navajo, please visit or e-mail [email protected]
About MagiQ Technologies, Inc.
MagiQ Technologies ( is the quantum information
processing (QIP) company. Through its unique blend of science, business and
engineering expertise, the Company is the first to commercialize the
advancements in quantum information to benefit forward-looking organizations
seeking competitive advantage through technology. Founded in 1999, MagiQ is
a privately-held company headquartered in New York City with research &
development laboratories in Somerville, Mass.
# # #
MagiQ, DataMinder and Navajo are trademarks of MagiQ Technologies, Inc.

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#39580 - 04/12/04 03:34 PM Re: Quantum Cryptography: It's here
Phatal Offline
UGN News Staff

Registered: 04/05/04
Posts: 298
Loc: Houston, TX
Quantique has also released similar products...


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