As another important milestone, Trident HSM is now capable of using quantum key distribution (QKD) devices to ensure safe yet simple key distribution, according to the standards of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. Quantum key distribution is a cryptographic technique that uses quantum-mechanics to guarantee the secure transmission of information. Quantum key distribution is used to generate a shared key between two parties so they can encrypt and decrypt data, without the information being intercepted by a third party unnoticed.
To cover all aspects of a practical quantum safe encryption system, Trident HSM also features a new quantum safe key encapsulation mechanism (KEM) from now on. The key encapsulation mechanism Trident HSM is using is a cryptographic technique that uses a quantum-safe algorithm to distribute a secret, a one-time usable symmetric key, for example. This symmetric key, distributed in a quantum-safe manner can in turn be used in encrypting large chunks of data or data stream by communicating IT systems.
With these two new enhancements, Trident HSM can play a vital role in any post quantum encryption services to be built around the world. The keys can be generated on-board or by using QKD devices, can be distributed using its inbuilt post-quantum key encapsulation mechanism or QKD devices, and then used in the Trident HSMs that provide the highest level of security due to another unique feature of ours, the so-called Multi-Party Computation.
More details to come soon, stay tuned!