Support for data storage system

May 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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CANBERRA, Australia, May 4 (UPI) -- Australia's Defense Department is seeking to commercialize a system for stored military data, which features continuously active anti-tamper features.

QuintessenceLabs an Australian concern specializing in quantum security technology, reports that the department has given it more than $1.3 million in matching funds to advance its development of the Virtual Zeroisation Storage and Management System under a department program that supports emerging technology.

The Virtual Zeroisation Storage and Management System significantly improves the anti-tamper capability of stored data by using a continuously active system that doesn't rely on reactive or physical counter-measures.

QuintessenceLabs said the system is comprised of its Quantum Key Manager, which generates, distributes and manages key material for the one-time pad cipher and Virtual Zeroisation Storage Devices that employ the one-time pad cipher "to information-theoretically protect information written to storage."

With the system to protect sensitive information, the need for manual zeroisation is removed as well as the necessity for anti-tamper software.

"The awarding of this contract acknowledges the importance of quantum technology as a practical component for cybersecurity and anti-tamper products," said John Leiseboer, chief technical officer of QuintessenceLabs.

"We are pleased to contribute to the capabilities of defense through the innovative application of our key management and quantum technologies."

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