Dr. Klyne Smith awarded grant from U.S. Air Force to address quantum computer cybersecurity risks

Dr. Smith will provide valuable insights to research and identify potential military use cases for a new quantum-safe communication technology developed by SENTRIQS

Dr. Klyne Smith, clinical associate professor of computer science and datacenter systems expert at SMU Lyle, and SENTRIQS have been awarded a $110,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to address cybersecurity challenges posed by quantum computers.


The grant is through the Small Business Technology Transfer program, a competitive government-funded initiative that encourages small businesses to participate in federal research and development along with non-profit research institutions.


SENTRIQS, which offers cybersecurity solutions to protect against quantum-powered attacks, created an ultra-secure, highly efficient messaging and collaboration platform that delivers quantum-safe communications for businesses and government organizations. Dr. Smith will provide valuable industry insights to research and identify potential military use cases for the technology, along with introductions to military prime contractors that would be interested in participating in future Small Business Technology Transfer projects.


Quantum computing is a revolutionary technology that harnesses the principles of quantum mechanics to process data at speeds a million times faster than supercomputers. As technology progresses, concern is growing around cybersecurity and the ability of these powerful machines to break modern cryptography – making current data encryption methods obsolete.


“It is a pleasure to partner with SENTRIQS to support their effort in developing a cutting-edge cyber technology that will add a new layer of protection for our government services,” Dr. Smith said. “SENTRIQS has proven over the last couple of years that they’re focused on security, quality, performance, and user experience in developing their solution.”

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