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Malta has taken another leap forward in the enhancement of digital security through the successful launch of a quantum-secure test network that connects two Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) data centres.

This landmark event took place in the presence of dignitaries such as Ministry for Home Affairs, Security and Employment Permanent Secretary Joyce Dimech, and delegates from the CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 22 (JCT22), alongside representatives from the Armed Forces of Malta and the Malta Security Services, among others.

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Held at MITA’s data centre in Santa Venera, the event showcased the launch of a two-link quantum test network using trusted nodes and demonstrated the practical application of quantum-secured communications between two Government data centres.

The link forms an integral part of the Physical Security for Public Infrastructure in Malta (PRISM) EuroQCI test-bed network, and marks a pivotal moment in the integration of quantum technology within Malta’s digital infrastructure.

The PRISM project is part of the EuroQCI initiative which aims to establish a Europe-wide quantum communication infrastructure by around 2030.

PRISM’s primary goal is to deploy a quantum-secured network across Malta, while developing and deploying quantum key distribution systems that are “secure, standards-compliant, and ready for widespread adoption” across European and international markets.

The project is being coordinated by RSM Malta, technically led by Merqury Cybersecurity, and brings together other partners from the public and private sectors.

Present for the launch, there were also key delegates from the European standardisation body for quantum technologies, CEN-CENELEC. CEN-CENELEC is playing a pivotal role in developing standards for quantum communications, quantum metrology, and quantum computing.

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The delegates are currently in Malta for the sixth CEN-CENELEC/JTC 22 Plenary Meeting on Quantum Technologies and are representing their respective nations.

The team behind PRISM stated that the launch highlights Malta’s active participation in creating the standardisation roadmap for quantum technologies. It served to position Malta as a key player in this groundbreaking field and demonstrated the nation’s commitment to enhancing data security and pioneering advancements in quantum technology.

By successfully deploying the first two quantum links that are the start to a larger national scale quantum-secure network, Malta is thus setting a precedent for the adoption of advanced technologies within the European Union, reinforcing its leadership in the digital and cybersecurity landscape.

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