Quantum computing’s rapid advancement threatens current cryptography, which relies on complex problems solvable by quantum computers. This necessitates the development of “quantum-safe” technologies for future network protection. Today’s data is also at risk from “harvest now, decrypt later” attacks, where encrypted messages are stored for decryption once quantum processors are available. This is especially concerning for long-term valuable information like financial records and medical data.
Quantum cryptography offers a set of protocols with provable security. Specifically, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) allows secret keys to be shared on optical networks, making it immune to attacks by powerful processors, including quantum computers.
This talk will review quantum cryptography’s recent progress, focusing on integrating quantum communications into conventional networks and the potential for mass manufacture using photonic integrated circuits.
Andrew Shields, Head of Quantum Technology at Toshiba Europe, will give this this invited speaker presentation.
About Andrew Shields
Andrew Shields is Head of Quantum Technology at Toshiba Europe, where he leads R&D of quantum communication devices and systems. He has published over 500 papers and patents in this field, according to Google Scholar. He also leads business development and strategic partnerships for quantum technologies in Toshiba Europe.
Shields has received several awards for his contributions to quantum technology, including the 2022 Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics, which recognizes his pioneering R&D in the field. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
About Quantum Technology divisio at Toshiba Europe Ltd
Toshiba’s Quantum Technology division is dedicated to providing provably secure quantum solutions that can be easily integrated into today’s networks. Our pioneering QKD solutions are deployable today, supported by two decades of quantum research unparalleled by competitors.
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Andrew Shields is invited speaker at the 2024 edition of the European Conference on Integrated Optics.