Future-Proof Secure Communication | The Manila Times


The Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy (SMC) of the Ministry of State, recently announced the development of the Luxembourg Quantum Communication Infrastructure Laboratory (Luqcia).

The five-year project is funded by the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility under the NextGenerationEU initiative, and will aim to build a national testbed in 2023 to enable advanced and applied research in the quantum key distribution and the quantum internet – a vital step in the next generation of computing and internet usage.

“Luxembourg wants to remain the cutting-edge communications center it has become over the past decade,” said Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister and Minister for Communications and Media.

“That is why we have taken it upon ourselves, through the scientific leadership of SnT, to lay the foundations for the quantum communication infrastructure of tomorrow.”

“I would like to pay special tribute to the pioneering role of SnT, together with SMC, in the development of quantum communication technologies,” said Yuriko Backes, Minister of Finance. “This is one of the key measures of the national recovery and resilience plan for the digital transition. EU funds would actively support Luxembourg to improve the security of public sector communications as part of a wider European project.”

“The Luqcia infrastructure would give researchers at the University of Luxembourg unique tools to optimize cybersecurity for the next quantum communication technology,” said Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg.

Most data exchanged over the Internet is secured by keys that encrypt and decrypt information. As computers are made with more and more computing power, the time it takes for a hacker to be able to break this encryption becomes shorter and shorter.

However, an emerging area of ​​cybersecurity called Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) aims to better secure data even against quantum computers – a next generation of extremely powerful computers that, when launched at scale, could leave information behind. wide open to attackers.

Luqcia aims to develop and implement an ultra-secure communication infrastructure based on quantum technology. The objective is to connect at least two geographical sites within Luqcia’s research infrastructure. Luqcia would primarily rely on a terrestrial network and integrate the space segment through follow-on activities.

“Developing a robust quantum communications infrastructure leveraging both terrestrial and satellite optical links would ensure our data is secure in our communications network for a long time to come,” said Professor Symeon Chatzinotas, principal investigator of the project. “It would also help realize the future of a quantum internet by interconnecting high-performance quantum computers.”

Once operational in 2023, the Luqcia laboratory will be open to national and international actors for joint research activities under the SnT partnership program.


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