Quantum and the Future of Cybersecurity

Quantum and the Future of Cybersecurity
Date and Time
11:30am — 12:00pm AEDT
DeepTech, Cybersecurity

Learn about the successful startup journey of quantum cybersecurity company QuintessenceLabs (QLabs) from Co-founder & CEO Dr Vikram Sharma.

As quantum technology rapidly moves from the research lab to the real world, our networks, systems and data will become increasingly vulnerable to more sophisticated cyber attacks. However, quantum can also be used to deliver revolutionary cybersecurity technologies. 

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr Vikram Sharma, co-founder and CEO, of QuintessenceLabs (QLabs), an Australian startup offering quantum-enhanced cybersecurity. 

We'll discuss Vikram's startup journey, building a global company from Australia. Hear Vikram’s view on the quantum computing risks to cryptography, as well as the future of cybersecurity. 

This Quantum Innovators Network event is hosted by Sydney Quantum Academy as part of the Spark Festival 2021.


Vikram Sharma co-founded and leads Canberra-headquartered QuintessenceLabs. Prior to QLabs, Vikram successfully built several technology companies, including a consultancy firm providing IT services to the Australian Government, and one of the first private ISPs in India. Vikram’s TED Talk on “How Quantum Physics can make Encryption Stronger”, has had over 1 million views. 


QLabs is one of Australia’s largest quantum tech startups, emerging as a spin out from Australian National University. A global leader in quantum cybersecurity, QLabs provides data protection solutions through the integration of advanced cybersecurity with quantum technology. It is also a frontrunner in the development of quantum key distribution (QKD) technology. 

QLabs capabilities have been recognised both domestically and globally including IBM’s SmartCamp Global Runner Up; a Top 20 Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow winner; Security Innovation Network’s SINET16 Cyber Security Innovators; the first Australian company to have been selected to join the World Economic Forums Global Innovator Community; winner of the 2020 Global Cybertech100 Award as one of the most innovative companies in the financial sector; and more recently, selected by the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) 2021 as one of the global top 4 companies in the Enabling Technologies category. 


SQA's vision is to build Australia's quantum economy. Collaborating with academia, industry and government, we will harness Sydney's collective quantum expertise to develop diverse talent and a globally recognised quantum ecosystem. We're a partnership between Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, University of Sydney and UTS, supported by the NSW Government. 

Our Quantum Innovators Network event series is designed for quantum enthusiasts and innovators. Learn more about the global quantum startup ecosystem and hear from international experts, the fast-growing deep tech startups, and university spin-offs who are paving the way for a quantum future. 


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