Integration of Quantum Communication Systems into Our Existing Infrastructure
We’re thrilled to share the highlights from the latest QBN meeting on Quantum Communication & Cybersecurity, held online on February 5, 2024. This event offered exclusive insights, showcasing groundbreaking advancements and fostering discussions on future directions.
The meeting commenced with an insightful presentation by Kevin Füchsel, CEO of Quantum Optics Jena, who highlighted significant progress in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) using entangled states with an impressive fidelity rate. He shared results from a long-distance QKD experiment between Erfurt and Ilmenau, covering 56 km, and underscored the importance of understanding the effects in real fibers in the field.
Next, Tobias Hemmert, a cryptographer at the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), took the stage and reported on quantum-safe cryptography from BSI’s perspective. He presented current challenges in QKD systems and highlighted the broad applicability and technological readiness of Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) combined with classical cryptography, which sparked a lively Q&A session. Participants debated the necessity and application scenarios of QKD in fiber communications, touching upon security at data endpoints and the challenges in transitioning from free space to fiber optics.
In a collaborative WG session, participants engaged in a dynamic discussion to outline the strategic direction, including goals and upcoming activities, for the future of the WG Quantum Communication & Cybersecurity.
This was followed by an election segment to define the roles and responsibilities of WG leaders, emphasizing the community’s commitment to steering the direction of the WG Quantum Communication & Cybersecurity. We congratulate our new WG leaders, Alessandra Matteis (Business Development Specialist at QTI) and Michael Kasper (CEO & Executive Director at Fraunhofer Singapore), and look forward to working closely together.
Reflecting on the event, we are inspired by the collaborative spirit and the wealth of knowledge shared. The discussions not only illuminated current challenges and opportunities in Quantum Communication & Cybersecurity but also paved the way for future collaborative efforts and research directions. Stay tuned for further updates and insights.
The list of participants, the speakers’ slides, and results of the interactive workshop can be downloaded at the event page.
Working Group Quantum Communications & Cybersecurity
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