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    Bittium and Insta are developing quantum safe technology

    Bittium and Insta are part of a nationally significant Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) project, funded by the Business Finland Digital Trust program. PQC project develops quantum secure encryption technology, integrating it as part of products and solutions. The goal of the project is to accelerate the increase of innovations based on digital trust and a growth of business. In this project, Bittium and Insta will combine their expertise in quantum secure key exchange and authentication, providing even stronger capability to protect customer information.

    As a result of this project collaboration, a functionality has been implemented for Post Quantum Cryptography based key exchange and certificate-based authentication. The cryptographic products Bittium SafeMove® and Insta SafeLink, used in the security critical information systems, now respond to security requirements of the future quantum period. In cooperation has been verified that the products are able to communicate with each other using the CRYSTALS family PQC algorithms Kyber (Key Encapsulation Mechanism, KEM) and Dilithium (Signature Mechanism) which are designed to withstand attacks by large quantum computers.

    Originally, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated a process to solicit, evaluate, and standardize one or more quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms, and will soon select PQC algorithms which will be further processed to international standards over the next year. National algorithm choice has not yet been made either. Bittium and Insta are part of the national selection process through the PQC project. When the national recommendation becomes clear, it is possible to switch the algorithms of the solutions implemented in the project to any other option involved in the process. Currently used Kyber ​​and Dilithium algorithms of the CRYSTALS family have been selected based on security, and performance and evaluation measurements.

    Research project cooperation helps to ensure the protection of information for our security-critical customers against the threat landscape of quantum computers in the future, says Tatu Männistö, Senior Director of Technology at Insta.

    In terms of security of supply, anticipation and updating the security infrastructure is important, and we can already respond to the changing security threats with Finnish products, says Anton Gyllenberg, Senior Product Manager, Bittium.

    Aimed at the security and government markets, Bittium SafeMove Mobile® VPN software enables the utilization of all IP-based applications and networks by securing the connections between the mobile device and the services as soon as the device has been switched on. The software produces a secure network connection, which allows governmental agencies to access the same critical information systems remotely as in fixed networks, and classified material can be transferred encrypted also over untrusted networks. Bittium SafeMove® is used in security rating III approved Bittium Tough Mobile™ 2 C smartphones and can be deployed on other Android and Windows devices. Bittium SafeMove® has also been granted the Spanish national security classification.

    Insta SafeLink, a VPN solution approved up to TEMPEST Level A and security class III, provides strong protection for communication for security-critical organizations, between the units and offices. This evolving long-life solution can be expanded and upgraded, and the security has been continuously maintained since its first security approval in 2012. Insta also provides a complete solution for managing digital certificates. Insta Certifier is suitable when use requirements are long life cycle and a high level of security. Insta is currently developing the next generation Certifier product, in which the use requirements of certificates in the future are also taken into account.

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