Infotecs has presented its ViPNet Quantum Phone
Infotecs, a major developer of software and integrated data protection tools, has presented its ViPNet Quantum Phone, a system demonstrating the integration of ViPNet VPN (using two products: ViPNet Client and ViPNet Connect) and quantum key distribution hardware developed at the Quantum and Optical Technology Laboratory at the Moscow State University Faculty of Physics. The ViPNet Quantum Phone facilitates the connection of computers with ViPNet software and encryption of the traffic exchanged between them by quantum key distribution. Quantum key distribution offers highly secure data transfer over untrusted (public) communication links and helps eliminate the risk of protection keys being calculated using quantum computers.
The showcase includes two computers (clients) and one server.
The ViPNet Quantum Phone operates on a regular PC with an optoelectronic device connected to the quantum key distribution server by an optical fiber cable. The PC additionally uses ViPNet software, adapted to work with the optoelectronic device.
The data transfer network architecture with a quantum phone is as follows: the server is at the center of the star with clients connected to it. Traffic between clients is encrypted directly, bypassing the server, which serves only for quantum key distribution.
The quantum phone project was launched in December 2016, when it was decided to conduct a trial integration of the MSU scientists’ invention with the ViPNet product. We decided to demonstrate the integration capability using telephony as the most obvious means of communication.
Now successfully completed, the project provides a means for key distribution server connection not only from client computers, but from data protection solutions as well (such as the ViPNet Coordinator HW). In the future, such products will enable Infotecs to switch to a hybrid encryption system with quantum keys.
The quantum phone is not the only project to emerge from collaboration between MSU design physicists and Infotecs. In April 2017, another major project was launched: ViPNet Quandor. It involves implementation of quantum key distribution for a different network topology (point-to-point) and increased traffic volume handling capabilities (for example, between data centers). Now, conceptual design is nearing completion, the device prototype is scheduled to be released by the end of 2018, followed by the launch of mass production at Infotecs by the end of 2019.
“I would like to highlight the outstanding achievements of MSU physicists in the development of high-speed quantum random number generators,” said Andrey Chapchaev, CEO of Infotecs. “Such generators are used within quantum key distribution devices, but can also be useful in other data protection-related applications.”