ETSI Unveils First Ever QKD Protection Profile
On 27 April, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) released the world’s first Protection Profile (PP) for Quantum Key Distribution, anticipating the need for quantum-safe cryptography. This ETSI specification will help manufacturers submit QKD modules for security certification, ensuring that telecom operators and enterprises can protect their networks with certified products.
This PP, which defines generic security functional and assurance requirements for QKD systems, was written by a team of the German Deutsche Telekom Security, under guidance of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). For the evaluation of the Protection Profile, SGS, an Austrian IT security evaluation facility was selected. This evaluation is currently ongoing and reaching its final stage.
ID Quantique (IDQ) is convinced of the advantages and the necessity of QKD security evaluation for qualified, secure deployment of QKD solutions. IDQ is a founding member of the ETSI ISG-QKD and is, since 2008, committed to deliver its share of support for the QKD community in standardization through contributions in the ISG-QKD, as well as in other standards-developing organizations with European and world-wide scope.
Currently IDQ is mainly engaged in steering and coordination tasks for procuring all the necessary standards and related documentation for QKD security evaluation, as well as in the definition of interfaces for cryptographic key management. IDQ wants to be among the first companies offering evaluated and certified high security communication products for the secure communication infrastructures of the future in Europe and beyond. Therefore, IDK is preparing for the evaluation of its last generation Clavis XG QKD system according to the paradigm of the ETSI Protection Profile.
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