Singapore to build quantum-safe network for critical infrastructure trials

Singapore is aiming to build a quantum-safe network that it hopes will showcase “crypto-agile connectivity” and facilitate trials with both public and private organisations. The initiative also includes a quantum security lab for vulnerability research. 

The three-year initiative is led by the Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP), with SG$8.5 million ($6.31 million) set aside to fund its deployment. Supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the project has roped in 15 partners from the public and private sectors including two local universities, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres, Cyber Security Agency, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

QEP was launched in 2018 to provide the research and ecosystem needed to drive the development of quantum technologies. Its work focuses on four key areas including quantum sensing, quantum communication and security, and the establishment of a national quantum fabless foundry. 

Its plans for a national quantum-safe network (NQSN) would facilitate trials of commercial technologies and in-depth evaluation of security systems. It also would develop guidelines to support companies in adopting such technologies, QEP said in a statement Thursday. 

It added that the nationwide trials of quantum-safe communication technologies aimed to provide robust network security for critical infrastructures and companies handling sensitive data. 

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