August 2, 2021

Welcome, Fernando de la Iglesia, Quside’s new VP Cloud

July was a great month with the arrival of professionals with impressive careers, such as Fernando de la Iglesia, Quside’s new VP Cloud. He has more than 25 years of experience working at Internet-related companies, the last 20 of them at Telefonica, mostly in cloud computing, and arrives to boost our product strategy. Fernando is from Madrid, holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, and talked to us about his previous experiences and plans. 

Hello Fernando! Welcome aboard Quside! 
Can you please let us know a little bit more about your role as VP Cloud at Quside? 

[FI] Cloud is becoming the main delivery strategy and services consumption method that all industries are adopting. My role is devoted to getting the fantastic technology in Quside to this cloud service model. That means not only technology. It means processes, support models, and offerings in perfect synchronization with our business development team (creating business value), and our technology, engineering, and computing teams. 

What will be your main challenges at Quside? 

[FI] I think I have a clear and short answer for this: to build a robust (both technically and in terms of business) and scalable cloud offering for Quside’s solutions. The main challenge will be to work with our customers to ease the integration of our solutions in their business processes, in a smooth and convenient manner. 

Recently ABC listed the most relevant European quantum technology startups and mentioned Quside as quantum revolution's latest big bet. What was the perception you had when you first met Quside? 

[FI] I had the opportunity to know and start collaborating with Quside a few years ago, when working at Telefonica, and we executed a Proof of Concept oriented to deliver Telefónica cloud customers randomness as a service. I was excited and questioning how quantum technologies will drive change in cloud environments, for both security and computing, and the bright proposals of Quside in these fields. 

If you could advise other big companies about quantum today, what would you recommend as a first step? 

[FI] Quantum technologies are today surrounded by great hype. There is plenty of news about quantum cryptography, quantum computing, and big tech companies announcing great advances in different aspects. But what is the meaning of these advances for our daily life (personally and professionally? Those announcements don't make that clear. Therefore, my recommendation to them would be to learn and distinguish between the different quantum technologies and their development status. Also, understand what those companies can leverage from them in the short, medium, and long term. For big companies, I recommend creating a quantum technology center of competence with trained, passionate employees, from different areas, able to distinguish reality from hype. Also, to take advantage of each of the different quantum technologies in the right moment. That should include actions as attend selected training, research activities, participate in collaborative innovation programs, as well as deploy and use business-ready technologies.  

If your company wants to discuss ideas for cloud and quantum technologies, please, reach us for advice! I’d be more than glad to assist you with your quantum journey. 

Thanks for sharing all these exciting ideas and your plans as VP Cloud with us!  

Now, a bit more about Fernando… What are your personal interests and hobbies? Or your favorite place in Barcelona (as a good Madrileño), and a plan still going on for 2021? 

[FI] My number one hobby is music. I really enjoy discovering once and again the delicate harmonies and melodies from medieval European music, monodic and polyphonic... Find the emotions of the renaissance polyphony and the clear musical architecture of the baroque... But the definitive musical and human experience for me is to listen. Learn and capture the feelings and essence of the people and their culture through their music. I also enjoy learning this cultural heritage from literature, architecture, history, and artwork. 

My favorite place in Barcelona is the Gothic Quarter. But I like the whole city, with its historic places, popular neighborhoods, parks, beaches, museums… Barcelona is absolutely lovely. As for the plans, I hope I can enjoy some days with the family visiting some city or village after the hard pandemic year. 

July 19, 2021

Meet Steve Takhar, Quside’s new CRO, Chief Revenue Officer

Steve joined Quside as CRO in July, has 30 years of experience in sales and marketing in a wide variety of roles, he's British, and based in London. Previously, he was Head of Global Sales for Cambridge Quantum Computing, a company in cybersecurity. He’s a seasoned professional leader with an extensive and impressive background with roles in various enterprise technology vendors, such as Dell-EMC, VCE, (a former joint venture of EMC, Cisco, VMWare, and Intel), and DEC.   

Hi Steve! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and welcome aboard! Can you tell us a bit about what motivated you to join Quside? 

Quantum is truly a paradigm shift in technology as we know it. Its effects on wider society will eventually be all-encompassing, particularly in the field of cybersecurity. Allied with the threat of ‘harvest now, decrypt later’ a reality today; Quside is uniquely positioned to help organizations combat this looming threat. It gives me great pleasure in joining Quside and helping on the journey to becoming a trusted advisor company and thought leader in the field of quantum and quantum-derived cybersecurity. Quside’s solutions will allow our customers and partners to address the quantum cybersecurity threat with renewed confidence. These were my motivations for joining Quside. 

What is the role of a CRO and what is your first challenge at Quside? 

The role of a CRO, Chief Revenue Officer, is primarily to deal with all matters that are intrinsically customer-facing and revenue-generating. Capturing, devising, owning, and delivering the ‘go-to market’ strategy and supporting the overall unique customer experience. The challenge at Quside is to leverage the great quantum work done to date and harness it into intrinsic business value to our customers and to accurately articulate that message.  

How do you see the Quantum Technology ecosystem evolving over a 5-year period? 

As each day, week and month goes by, the quantum ecosystem develops and grows further. From small startups to global multinationals, I see collaboration as the key to success for companies of all sizes. Technological breakthroughs will occur more often and quicker the more we see collaboration thrive. This includes the new and emerging hardware, software, and niche players with unique use cases in the quantum space. I believe the unique value in quantum is only a few years (as opposed to a few decades, as some may believe) away from being realized.  

What was the major accomplishment of your career so far? 

To date there are two accomplishments to mention, both were new major product launches in the enterprise technology vendor space, namely converged infrastructure & hyper-converged infrastructure in the last decade at VCE. Taking a new technology and capability and helping to create a new multi-million / billion dollar market from scratch within just a few years. I am in the quantum marketplace in order to attempt to do the same. 

Who is Steve outside the work environment?  

My interests outside of the workplace involve sport, either playing, watching, or studying how it can relate to real-life scenarios. My main activities involve golf, football, cycling, and, wherever possible, motorsport. Also, when the world opens up again, I would like to get back to experiencing traveling internationally again!  

Thanks, Steve!  Any final messages to our clients and prospects who you will be in touch with, in the next couple of months? 

Unfortunately, one of the major growth industries currently is cyber criminality! Quside developed a unique quantum-derived technology that can help keep you, your customers, and your partners safe from attack. We will do our best to articulate how we can help you achieve this in an effective manner for your business, and we hope to be in contact with you soon, in the meantime take care & be safe! 

July 6, 2021

Quside: Quantum Revolution Latest Big Bet, Says ABC

Spanish companies program quantic revolution, as this Sunday’s ABC article states, and Quside is an integral part of this effort. 

Carlos Abellan gave an interview for a comprehensive ABC overview on Quantum Technology, commenting on quantum topics and positions Quside as one of the leading European companies (based in Spain) driving the quantum revolution in the European Continent. 

The article, originally in Spanish, approaches the Quantum ecosystem development in Spain, how companies are preparing to be part of the quantum paradigm shift already taking place, and offers insightful knowledge about quantum technology itself. For example, the concept of bits to qubits and the basics in quantum communication, quantum computing, and quantum cybersecurity. 

Abellan comments Quside’s foundation, in 2017, as a spin-off from ICFO, Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas (Photonics Sciences Institute), where he conducted his research over a 10-year period. He explains how random numbers generation through quantum processes guarantees their high-quality total randomness, unprecedented levels of security, and allows safer connectivity and communications:

“We have a patented technology for the generation of random numbers, a chip, which means that it is small and can be integrated in many dispositives. Is quantic and fast, in such a way that we can work on a gigabit per second basis, being a thousand times faster than what is seen today”

Companies Migration To Quantum Cybersecurity 

Quside’s CEO highlights the company’s efforts on assisting companies to migrate to quantum cryptography and mitigate classical cybersecurity risk. Many of these companies currently protect their data and their customers' data in an unsustainable manner. The prognostic for the near future is even harsher, as the increase in cyberattacks and ransomware each quarter clearly demonstrates. 

ABC explains the role of the Quantum Flagship program for the development of these technologies in the EU. Our partners ICFO and Telefónica, among other Spanish companies and institutes, also bring interesting visions.

Visit our FMC 400 module page to understand how you can integrate our technology into your hardware and ask for an advisory session with our business and sales team, to unlock real business value.  

To read the original article in Spanish, visit ABC website

May 17, 2021

Cyber Attacks and Ransomware: What You Need To Know

Cybercriminals don’t take vacations and the list of cyber attacks and ransomware keeps increasing throughout the year. The latest big victim in July was the tech service provider Kaseya, whose systemic flaws left the data of estimated 2.000 companies exposed and elevated the ransom payments to US$ 70 million. But it seems that this action triggered a most powerful response from the White House to tackle the cyber threat, and the company managed to get access to the key to decrypt all their files before the end of the month, on July 23rd.

How did they get it remains a mystery. Previously the CEO hasn´t been clear whether his company were willing to pay or negotiate with the hackers, according to Reuters.

The responsible for the attack was the collective REvil, who also aimed for JBS, the meat processor company, getting US$ million for returning their data. REvil is another Russian hacker group attacking US companies, as Darkside, whose ransomware attack on gas pipeline company Colonial also made the news last May. The crescent tension reached the White House and the Biden press office stated that US officials would discuss with Russian diplomats how to cooperate on the ransomware threaten. Apparently, the action was effective, although no one knows exactly what happened to REvil's website, which went offline on July 13th, and whose responsible also disappeared from Internet forums, having their cyber accounts for ransom payment also shut down.

Briefly said, a ransomware attack happens when a hacker invades a company or institution's computer system, steals and encrypts its data files - normally including its customers' data, or student's personal information - and demands a ransom for decrypting those files, in order for the organization to regain access to them.

According to Coveware Ransomware Reports, the average ransom payment has climbed 43% from the last quarter in 2020. Other studies conducted by private cybersecurity institutions proclaim that it could still increase 15% each year, until 2025, reaching the cipher of U$ 10,5 trillion, which is almost China's current GDP, the second biggest in among all economies.

A long list of cyber-attacks and cyber vulnerabilities

Santa Clarita (California) Schools

The latest member of this victims list were 10 schools in the Newhall School District in Santa Clarita, California, USA, whose system is kept hostage since July 14th. The event is still ongoing by the time this news is being updated, and an estimate of a potential 6,000 elementary school student's data could have been compromised. The district had internal firewalls and updated policies for phishing prevention.

Colonial Pipeline

A group of Russian hackers, known as Darkside, managed to penetrate the gas pipeline that supplies most of the south-eastern United States, on May 6th, 2021, becoming one of the biggest cyber attacks to date. Around 100 GB of customer data were stolen and a ransomware attack - the encryption of their files and the following demand for a ransom – took place the next day. Colonial, the company responsible for the pipeline, had to shut its pipeline down for six days and had a gradual process of restoring its operations to normal. 

The attack was the most significant on US oil infrastructure in history, forcing President Biden to declare a state of emergency and take extraordinary measures to avert a major supply crisis. Biden's latest move was the enactment of an Executive Order to strengthen the cybersecurity infrastructure of US institutions and improve the protection of the federal government's network. 

ANAC

Likewise, in early May a cyber-attack on an Asturian cloud services company left many Spanish national institutions, such as the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT), the Court of Auditors, or the Nuclear Safety Council (CSN), as well as some Spanish City Halls, without external IT services. 

Irish Healthcare

The Irish healthcare system was also under cyber-attack in May, which caused cancellations on their services.

SEPE

In March 2021, SEPE (the Spanish State Public Employment Service) suffered a cyber-attack that knocked down its entire network infrastructure, leaving its system inactive for four days, almost causing a delay in the payment of unemployment benefits of thousands of unemployed people.

This list of recent incidences shows that strong and trustworthy cybersecurity protection is essential to today’s society and to the continuity of businesses and governments around the world.

The relevance of a robust system and the need of true random numbers

Global companies are making efforts to improve the level of security of all IT systems, as those on post-quantum cryptography and quantum key distribution. 

In response to that, at Quside we design, engineer, and manufacture high-speed quantum random number generators to power existing and emerging cryptographic systems.

Our FMC 400 randomness module provide the needed high-performance randomness generation to power next-generation security solutions. A key element to prevent cyber attacks like the one described above from happening.

As cyber vulnerabilities are a reality right now and the advances in quantum computing and AI will accelerate this problem, any company or organization should think about elevating their cybersecurity. Especially, if you are dealing with critical data such as in health, banking, corporate, government and defense you should be on your journey to be quantum-ready.

If you want to understand the role of unpredictable random numbers in cybersecurity, read this article, or contact us for more information.

April 29, 2021

European Quantum Industry Consortium elects Quside’s CEO for board

Developing the quantum technology ecosystem in Europe is one of the main goals of the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC), kicked-off during its General Assembly on April 15th, which also appointed its governing board, electing Carlos Abellan, Quside's CEO and founder, among its members.

Laure Le Bars (SAP) was elected president, Benno Broer (Qu&Co) and Thomas Strohm (Bosch) are the vice presidents, and Enrique Lizaso (Multiverse Computing) is QuIC's treasurer. Furthermore, all chairs of the nine working groups presented their objectives, milestones, deliverables and an overview of the future tasks. Aside from Quside, more than 100 founding members from all sectors of the quantum technologies industry in Europe were remotely present at the assembly.

“QuIC is a great initiative to advance the transition of Europe’s world-class quantum knowledge into commercial success and we’re thrilled to be an active member of this effort.” Carlos Abellan, Quside's CEO

The foundation is the result of almost two years of elaboration and meets the demand expressed by the Quantum Community Network (one of the three governing bodies of the Quantum Flagship, a research and innovation initiative) which urged for a "privately owned body with the mission to advocate, promote, and foster the common interests of the European Quantum Industry towards all Quantum Technologies stakeholders".

According to Tommaso Calarco, Chair of the Quantum Community Network and Head of the Quantum Control division of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich, QuIC will bring forward the voice of quantum technology's industrial stakeholders and will join forces with other European quantum initiatives to overcome difficulties and to make the European digital decade into a quantum decade.

Second Quantum Revolution

We're on the edge of a second quantum revolution and a collaborative hub as QuIC will boost Europe's competitiveness, bringing meaningful advances to science.  

I am convinced that Europe can lead in research, innovation and development of quantum technologies. (...) Building a strong, vibrant ecosystem between SMEs, large companies, investors, and leading-edge researchers can only boost Europe’s competitiveness. Together, we are developing strategic roadmaps, engaging in pre-standardisation activities, developing IP strategies, and determining needs in education and skills. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the European Commission and other stakeholders.” Laure Le Bars, QuIC's President and Research Project Director at SAP Technology & Innovation

QuIC is the reference consortium recognised by the European Commission which represents the interests of the quantum technologies industry in Europe.

Keep track of QuIC's future activities on our blog and visit the consortium website to learn more details about its mission and members.

April 9, 2021

Telefónica Tech collaborates with Quside & Qrypt to validate quantum technology

  • Telefónica's digital business holding company is offering its customers next-generation solutions in its VDC cloud service following successful completion of testing.
  • Quantum random number generation and Entropy-as-a-Service (EaaS) architectures have facilitated this advanced offering and the validation of an extensive number of use cases, including enhanced key generation for cryptographic modules (HSM), data security in SDN networks, Monte Carlo simulations, and randomization for gaming applications.
  • Telefónica Tech's VDC customers will benefit from the quantum random number service and the technology will be accessible as a new resource in the cloud.

Madrid, 9 April 2021- Telefónica Tech has collaborated with Barcelona-based Quside, an industry-leading manufacturer of high-performance quantum random number generators, and New York-based Qrypt, a producer of cryptographic quantum security solutions enabled by its Quantum Entropy-as-a-Service (EaaS) solution, to successfully complete the integration of a new quantum technology into its cloud service hosted in its Virtual Data Centers (VDC).

The availability of large quantities of high-quality random numbers has become an essential requirement in many fields. Its application ranges from high-quality encryption keys, which encrypt the exponential growth of data transfers, to the creation of highly accurate simulations for science, engineering, finance, and insurance.

In addition, “go-to-cloud” and “cloud-first” strategies are now a necessity in the ICT industry. It is forecast that a high percentage of total spending on enterprise applications will be spent on cloud services by 2023, and we believe a significant portion of this will be spent on tasks that require random numbers, especially in the financial sectoral sector.

This collaboration allows Telefónica Tech to enhance its cloud services by providing its customers with easy-to-use, high quality and high-performance quantum random numbers so they can integrate them into their business processes.

Telefonica Quside Qrypt Architecture

Telefónica Tech has validated the use of quantum random number generators in a new Entropy-as-a-Service (EaaS) architecture, integrated into its VDC cloud offering. Several use cases have been demonstrated using this EaaS integration, including seeding for cryptographic devices (HSM), Monte Carlo simulations for scientific, engineering, and financial applications, gaming, as well as for a new proof-of-transit protocol that improves the security of data transiting software-defined networks (SDN).

"Offering this key quantum-generated resource is a significant advantage for both our internal and external customers. It is especially important for our enterprise customers with demands for high quality and high-performance random numbers, who will benefit from this unique feature"

Hugo de los Santos, Director of Products and Services at Telefónica Cyber & Cloud Tech

The random numbers are provided by Spanish startup Quside, while Entropy-as-a-Service distribution as a service is offered by New York-based US startup Qrypt. Telefónica Tech has joined forces with Quside and Qrypt to integrate the technology into its VDC (Virtual Data Center) cloud service.

"Randomness is an essential resource for a wide range of ICT systems, including cybersecurity. We are thrilled to be part of Telefónica Tech's efforts to deploy stronger security features to their global customers using emerging quantum technologies."

Carlos Abellán, CEO of Quside

Random numbers produced by Quside hardware are now available on three continents thanks to Qrypt through their scalable randomness distribution solutions.

"The secure distribution of true quantum randomness is now a practical technical capability for a broad range of critical applications. We’re excited to be working with Telefónica Tech to scale this new quantum technology globally. "

Denis Mandich, CTO of Qrypt

After deploying this new technology in Telefónica Tech's test infrastructures, it will go into production in the next few months.

About Telefónica Tech
Telefónica Tech is a holding company owned by the Telefónica Group. The company offers a wide range of integrated technological services and solutions in Cybersecurity, Cloud, IoT, Big Data and Blockchain. Telefónica Tech's capabilities reach, every day, more than 300,000 customers in 175 countries.

About Quside
Quside builds quantum technologies for safer connectivity and more powerful computation. A spin-off of ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences - in Barcelona, Quside is commercializing innovative hardware solutions for all connected devices. More information at quside.com.

About Qrypt
Based in New York City, NY, with an office in Germantown, MD, Qrypt’s quantum hardware and post-quantum software solution offers organizations all-in-one protection from threats today and those on the horizon. More information at www.qrypt.com.

January 28, 2021

NIST, CUBoulder, NTT realize device-independent randomness expansion

We from Quside would like to congratulate the team led by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), University of Colorado Boulder, and NTT on their publication "Device-independent randomness expansion with entangled photons,” a major milestone in the randomness field. The reported experiment uses two well-characterized phase-diffusion quantum random number generators built by ICFO engineers who went on to found Quside.

We strive to make such high-quality and high-performance QRNGs available to everyone.

Read the whole paper in Nature Physics

September 14, 2020

Quside launches their first quantum randomness module

Quside, a Barcelona-based quantum technology start-up, today announced the commercial release of their first quantum randomness module: The Quside™ FMC 400 is commercialized for high-performance computing and data security applications.

Since 2017, after spinning off from ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences – Quside has been working toward the commercialization of high-performance quantum random number generators. After success with leading enterprises in the telecom, critical infrastructure, and banking sector, Quside is now releasing the FMC 400 Randomness Module.

The Quside™ FMC 400 has been designed specifically for high-performance FPGA-based systems. The technology is based on Quside's proprietary phase-diffusion quantum random number generation technology. It provides 400 Mb/s of raw random numbers with state-of-the-art min-entropy bounds (above 90%). A standard FMC interface allows easy and versatile integration.

Over the last decade, this proprietary phase-diffusion randomness generation technology has been recognized to meet the requirements of the most demanding applications. The combination of high speed and unmatched signal quality have proven essential to customers and mark the FMC 400 as the most crypto-agile randomness module on the market.

Quside is also making available the Quside™ Randomness Metrology toolkit to customers. It provides on-device capabilities to derive min-entropy bounds, giving product developers access to a novel tool to validate the proper functioning of the quantum process on-the-fly.

The FMC 400 Randomness Module has already been tested by Quside's partners over the last 18 months in the fields of enterprise security, telecom, banking, and supercomputing with remarkable performance.

"Quside is the only producer of high-rate, quantum randomness suitable for cryptographic key generation, the raw material at the very foundation of modern cryptography. Cybersecurity in the quantum computing age depends on the scalability of this essential technology – all others are scientifically dubious", says Denis Mandich of Qrypt Inc., a New York-based cybersecurity company.

With this new announcement, the Quside team is now making the technology commercially available to a larger customer base through Quside's Partner's Program, to help improve the performance and security in a wide variety of ICT applications, spanning from cloud security to Monte Carlo simulations.

The Quside FMC 400 is the company's first step towards building a wide variety of fast and high-quality quantum randomness sources. With new technologies on the horizon, such as 5G and AI, the aim is to address the current and future global cybersecurity concerns and meet the market's growing need - high-speed at the internet-scale.

About Quside: Quside builds quantum technologies for safer connectivity and more powerful computation. A spin-off of ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences - in Barcelona, Spain, Quside is commercializing innovative hardware solutions for all connected devices. Quside is part of the European Quantum Flagship, collaborating in this ambitious initiative as an industry partner of the quantum communication projects CiViQ and QRANGE.

July 20, 2020

Quantum random number generators: Why, how & where

Quantum random number generators (QRNGs) create randomness by measuring quantum processes, which are, by nature fully non-deterministic. Engineering high-quality, scalable and fast quantum random number generators...

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