Arqit Quantum, a provider of quantum-safe encryption, has signed a contract with Nine23, a cyber security solutions provider for UK-regulated and compliant sectors.
The agreement is to deploy Arqit’s QuantumCloud, a symmetric key agreement software, on Nine23’s UK Sovereign Secure Private Cloud infrastructure, Platform Flex, to provide its customers the highest level of assurance.
Flex provides a multi-private cloud environment with direct network gateway connectivity to all UK government networks, including the PSN, PNN, RLI, HSCN and others. In addition, the proven, accredited platform offers data residency and solution integration that can be used for official-sensitive and higher classifications.
Arqit and Nine23 will work together to address government and defence customers looking to improve the security of their infrastructure against cyberattacks, remove the vulnerabilities associated with legacy encryption method Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and prevent data security threats by Quantum computers.
This partnership will deliver a fully managed UK sovereign deployment of QuantumCloud for government and defence customers across data networks and infrastructure without significant changes to the existing hardware, software, or support.
The services have been available on the new G-Cloud 13 framework via the Digital Marketplace since November 9.
G-Cloud 13 provides hosting and software services and associated support services to UK government departments, other public sector bodies, and enterprise customers supporting critical national infrastructure.
“We are delighted to choose Arqit to work with Nine23. Arqit is renowned as one of the most innovative UK companies in the market providing us with the technology to accelerate stronger, simpler encryption via our Platform FLEX. QuantumCloud services are the future happening today and we look forward to delivering a true UK technology partnership,” says Stuart McKean, CEO of Nine23.
Nine23 deliver complete IT-managed solutions that support the operational end user in governed and regulated markets, leveraging our considerable expertise in secure UK sovereign private cloud, Platform Flex.
“We are pleased to work with Nine23 to deliver our product to classified UK government projects. We believe that sovereign cloud services have high growth potential and Nine23 has done a great job to become firmly established with existing security cleared contract frameworks through which Arqit is able to gain fast track market access to this government business," adds David Williams,
Arqit Founder, Chairman and CEO.
Arqit supplies a unique quantum-safe encryption platform-as-a-service that makes the communications links of any networked device secure against current and future forms of attack – even from a quantum computer.
Arqit's product, QuantumCloud, enables any device to download a lightweight software agent, which can create encryption keys in partnership with any other device. The keys are computationally secure, optionally for one-time use and zero-trust.
QuantumCloud can create limitless volumes of keys in limitless group sizes and can regulate the secure entrance and exit of a device in a group. The addressable market for QuantumCloud is every connected device.