Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) represents the next generation of cybersecurity. By leveraging encryption keys, two end locations in different places can exchange and send files over in seconds – and these files are safe because hackers can’t steal encryption keys. Considered to be the most secure form of information sharing, QKD leverages instant threat detection and Zero Trust Architecture to notify teams when there is a threat detected.
In the government arena, QKD is highly effective and will be an important tool in the cybersecurity defense of our nation, and many countries Europe and Asia are paving the way for implementations in the U.S. These were the key themes of our recent Government Technology Insider “Quantum Key Distribution: Securing Future Network Communications” podcast interview where Lee Sattler, Distinguished Engineer at Verizon, broke down the fundamentals of QKD.
“Quantum Key Distribution leverages the properties of quantum mechanics,” said Sattler. “With QKD, we are encoding information on a single photon, and this how we can apply the quantum mechanical properties to provide the security. We can actually detect when someone is trying to eavesdrop on a QKD line, which is possible because of quantum mechanics laws.”
Listen to the full podcast below: