Centre for Information Security and Cryptography
Quantum key distribution enables two parties to share a secret key that is information-theoretically secure. The key can be used in a cryptographic algorithm such as a one-time-pad to provide perfect secrecy for communication between a sender and a receiver. The importance of Quantum Cryptography (QC) for the future of ICT has been recognized worldwide, and the first commercial systems are available since a few years. However current systems are limited: they have low secret key rates, the integration into next-generation security architecture is still at an early stage, and the requisite quantum technology to allow quantum secured communication over more than 100 km distance remains to be developed.
Canada cannot expect to import working QC systems due to trade restrictions, nor can imported technology be fully trusted because of the risk of “backdoor” information leakage.
Our work focuses on:
The link between the Institute for Quantum Information Science, the ATIPS laboratory , the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology, and General Dynamics Canada will ensure that scientific and engineering faculties, institutes of technology and industry join forces for the integration of QC into next-generation communication-security architectures.