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nodeQ Launches PQtunnel™: The Leading-Edge Cybersecurity Solution for Quantum-Safe Communication

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The latest application developed by nodeQ simplifies the migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography for both SMEs and large enterprises
YORK, England, May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The advent of Quantum Computing poses a significant threat to existing public-key cryptosystems. A large quantum computer can break algorithms like RSA or ECDH, which form the backbone of current internet security. Already today, confidential data is in danger: It can be harvested now to be decrypted later when a quantum computer can run Shor’s factorization quantum algorithm on a sufficiently large number of qubits.

This vulnerability exposes a large number of applications to potential security breaches, threatening our trillion-dollar digital economy. Multiple sectors are under threat: Financial Institutions, government entities, telecommunications companies, cloud providers, the healthcare industry, the defense sector, universities and research centers, and virtually any IT-based enterprise that relies on encrypted data.
Companies must transition IT infrastructures to quantum-resistant solutions, such as Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC). In the US the transition to PQC is set to start in 2024, as a result of Biden’s 2022 Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act and the end of NIST standardization.
nodeQ has developed PQtunnel™, a groundbreaking tool designed to assist businesses – ranging from SMEs to large enterprises – in transitioning their end-to-end (E2E) secure communication to PQC. This innovative software application is available in two variants: PQtunnel™ TLS and PQtunnel™ SSH, meeting diverse business requirements.
PQtunnel™ TLS is an enterprise-oriented tunneling application that leverages the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to secure traffic between a client (or a proxy) and the target application. This solution has been thoroughly tested on various enterprise-grade applications, such as GitLab EE, demonstrating its effectiveness and reliability.
On the other hand, PQtunnel™ SSH offers a comprehensive Quantum-Safe SSH server, alongside a client equipped with a user-friendly interface. This software suite is designed for secure shell operations, ensuring the highest level of security and ease of use.
Both PQtunnel™ variants utilize a wide range of PQC algorithms, including the most recent ones under standardization by NIST, and hybrid algorithms. This approach combines the stability of current cryptographic methods with the quantum-safeness of new cryptographic suites, offering unmatched security against emerging cyber threats.
Developed as cloud-native applications, both variants of PQtunnel™ are designed to facilitate easy distribution and provide flexibility in a wide range of scenarios. Secure Post-Quantum tunneling to your GitLab server, quantum-safe data transfer, secure cloud IT management, and PQC benchmarking are just a few of the use cases where PQtunnel™ can be applied, showcasing its versatility and significance for today’s cybersecurity landscape.
Ignazio Pedone, the cybersecurity lead at nodeQ, emphasized the significance of their latest security product, stating, “This security product represents an important step towards a more effective and robust application of quantum-safe cryptography for enterprises.”
Various early customers have already adopted PQtunnel™ to test their readiness to migrate to quantum-safe cryptography. PQC is going to play an important role for telecom operators.
“At Fibraweb, PQtunnel demonstrated our readiness for quantum-security migration,” says Walid Bounassif, CEO of Fibraweb (an Italian telco). “The software created quantum-resistant connections between external clients and our internal servers, showing that post-quantum encrypted communication can efficiently be implemented for remote IT administration and secure file transfer.”
PQC is essential for medium to large enterprises, including educational institutions like universities, where maintaining data confidentiality at various levels is crucial. At the University of York (UK), PQtunnel™ has been deployed for the quantum-safe transfer of documents. This pioneering demonstration, the first of its kind in the world within the education sector, actively involved staff and students from the Department of Computer Science.
“PQtunnel has effectively established high-speed, quantum-resistant connections both within and beyond the campus perimeter,” says Prof Paul Cairns (Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of York, UK). “This technology has clearly demonstrated its capacity for facilitating quantum-secure data transfers, affirming its readiness to enhance our university’s digital infrastructure.”
For additional information about PQtunnel™, nodeQ, and their range of products, the reader can visit their website at www.nodequantum.com.
 Key Features

Crypto-Agility: implements all NIST PQC algorithms to counteract the quantum threat.
Cross-Platform: available for the most adopted operating systems and hardware architectures.
Easy Setup: no need for long or complex installation procedures to get started.
On-the-Fly Benchmarking and Optimization: can benchmark and optimize high-level security protocols against all the available combinations of PQC algorithms for key exchange and digital signature.

Target Customers

Financial Institutions
Telecommunications Companies
Universities and Research Centers
Cloud Providers
Healthcare Industry
Government Entities
Defense Sector
Manufacturing Companies
SMEs handling confidential data

About nodeQ
At nodeQ, we are pioneering the future of computer networks, leveraging our deep expertise in quantum communication, artificial intelligence, and software-defined networking. Our primary objective is to transition computer networks to quantum security, placing a critical emphasis on maintaining speed, performance, and usability at the heart of this transformation.
Contacts
Stefano Pirandola
[email protected]
Request a demo or a brochure at [email protected] or visit www.nodequantum.com.
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Reliance Cyber and Google Cloud Security unite to transform cybersecurity for UK businesses

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LONDON, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), Reliance Cyber has been selected as one of only four MSSPs to partner with Google Cloud Security (GCS). This collaboration is set to make cybersecurity more effective and less complicated for businesses throughout the UK and Ireland.

Why this matters:In today’s complex security environment, businesses face a multitude of challenges, including escalating cyberattacks, an overwhelming number of security alerts, rising cybersecurity costs, and a critical shortage of skilled professionals. The partnership between Reliance Cyber and Google Cloud Security provides organisations with improved security postures through insightful, data-driven analytics, which underpin Reliance Cyber’s XDR service. For businesses facing diverse economic, social, and technological changes—such as the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the transition to hybrid and remote work, rapid technological advancements like AI, and budget pressures from the cost of living crisis—this partnership represents a significant step forward. It enhances cybersecurity without the usual challenges of high costs, complexity, or the need for specialised staff. It’s about making world-class security simple and available to a wider audience.
What’s changing:
Support for growth: The partnership will expand the reach of state-of-the-art security services to more businesses, helping to protect organisations without the stress of financial and operational barriersEnhanced visibility, lower costs: Leveraging Google’s SOAR capabilities and Chronicle’s powerful telemetry, Reliance Cyber’s tailored ingestion approach means organisations can achieve enhanced visibility across their digital environments at a reduced cost. This approach enables proactive prevention and detection of threats, ensuring better security with less expenditure.Key benefits of the strategic partnership include:
AI and automation: Automation is at the core of Reliance Cyber’s offering. Every alert is enriched with threat intel from leading vendors, automatically correlated, and grouped into cases, reducing mean time to detect (MTTD) and mean time to respond (MTTR). Google’s additions enhance this with lower data ingestion costs, superior threat intelligence, curated detections, and advanced anomaly detection using machine learningSimplified security operations to support staff: Integration of Google Cloud’s SOAR capabilities simplifies the security management landscape, allowing CISOs to focus on strategic planning rather than daily operational hurdlesScalable security for business growth: The partnership supports business expansion strategies by providing scalable security solutions that grow with the company, crucial for organisations driving technological advancementData-driven insights for better decision-making: Boards will gain unparalleled visibility into their digital environments, fostering smarter, faster decision-making to preemptively address potential security threats.Rob Walton, Chief Revenue Officer at Reliance Cyber, on the transformative impact: “We’re thrilled to partner with Google Cloud Security. This partnership aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver comprehensive, advanced security services to the market, making top-level security accessible and manageable for businesses of all sizes. Ultimately, it’s about creating predictability and peace of mind in an area that can often cause businesses and their boards sleepless nights, particularly due to concerns about attacks and the financial constraints that dictate risk appetites.”
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About Reliance Cyber
Since our founding in 2003, Reliance Cyber has established itself as a leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP). By combining deep cybersecurity expertise with a true partnership ethos, we enable organisations to concentrate on their core business.
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Eficode acquires Jodocus and reinforces Atlassian Cloud skills and Atlassian partnership in Germany

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HELSINKI, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Eficode has acquired Jodocus, the first cloud-native Atlassian Platinum partner in Germany. This acquisition further reinforces Eficode’s role as an Atlassian partner in Germany and expands its skills and services in Atlassian Cloud.

“Atlassian is moving to the Cloud, and the related know-how is essential to speed up this transition. Jodocus was originally the first Atlassian partner in Germany to focus fully on the Cloud. Their broad expertise in Atlassian tools and cloud migrations helps our customers in their journey to the cloud and complements our mission to build the future of software development,” says Ilari Nurmi, CEO of Eficode. “We welcome Jodocus’ employees and customers to Eficode.”
Founded in 2019, Jodocus is an Atlassian Platinum Solution Partner with extensive expertise in Atlassian Cloud. In addition to focusing on the Cloud, the Jodocus team offers support on business processes, Application Lifecycle Management, and DevOps. Their customer base is in Germany, with well-known names such as Otto Group and Fricke. Jodocus has 45 employees, and its revenue in 2023 was 11,5 million euros. “Together, Eficode and Jodocus will form a more significant entity and have even more international customers, which opens possibilities for deepening and broadening our relationship with our customers,” says Werner Krandick, CEO of Jodocus.
Eficode has enabled countless businesses with DevOps and digital transformation to adopt new technologies and practices to create software better. Its full spectrum of digital services can now be extended also to Jodocus’ customers. Eficode ROOT provides software development tools as a managed service in a Software-as-a-Service manner. In turn, with Total Support, we manage the tools and offer support, coaching, and mentoring for Atlassian solutions as a subscription.
In recent years, Eficode has grown strongly both organically and through acquisitions. Eficode’s compound annual growth (CAGR) during the previous four fiscal years has been 70%.
Media contactsIlari Nurmi, Chief Executive Officer, Eficode. [email protected], +358 40 577 5084 Lauri Palokangas, Chief Marketing Officer, Eficode. [email protected], +358 50 486 4918 
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New first of its kind UK legal-tech recruitment platform aims to put an end to overseas worker scams

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Unique UK-based legal technology platform, Immpact, helps unite the global talent market to fulfil UK skills shortages across healthcare, construction, engineering, life sciences and hospitality Immpact directly connects employers, recruiters and regulated legal experts with pre-qualified global talent – and aims to help eradicate profiteering job scammersREADING, England, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A unique new legal-tech recruitment platform has launched in the UK to help put an end to overseas worker scams and directly connect UK employers and recruiters with pre-qualified overseas global talent. Immpact will help fulfil acute skills shortages across sectors including healthcare, construction, engineering, life sciences and hospitality, while ensuring full legal Home Office compliance.

The launch of Immpact follows over two years of advanced legal-tech development. Using the immigration law expertise of Founder and Managing Director, Jonathan Beech, and his team of specialists, the platform will help unite a previously disconnected global talent market with under-resourced UK employers and transform global workplace migration. Immpact has also been developed through discussions with hundreds of employers, industry bodies and overseas talent.
With job scams – from fake jobs to illegal fees for sponsor licences – ongoing, particularly in the social and healthcare sector, Immpact will ensure only pre-qualified talent, employers and recruitment firms are placed on its platform following stringent multi-layer checks. This will ensure that all jobs and talent are qualified and genuine along with thoroughly regulated employers and recruiters, to provide a global marketplace for talent.
Jonathan Beech, Founder and Managing Director of Immpact, said: “Through my existing business running Migrate UK, I’m acutely aware of the issues that UK employers and recruiters are having in trying to fulfil talent shortages across sectors such as care, healthcare and life sciences. I also regularly hear terrible stories of genuine overseas job hunters being ripped off in their home countries or the UK by job scammers, often running to thousands of pounds.
“I knew there had to be a better way to match pre-qualified overseas talent with genuine work opportunities and responsible UK employers – effectively a ‘talent’ match-making site which is designed to eradicate scammers to provide a global, trusted marketplace for talent.”
Following the latest government immigration rule changes, overseas recruitment costs are continuing to rise for businesses struggling with talent shortages. From 4 April 2024, the minimum salary for entering the new skilled visa worker route for the first time increased by 48%, from £26,200 to £38,700 a year. There are different rates for those already holding a skilled worker certificate of sponsorship prior to this date and discounts are available for key shortage roles on the Immigration Salary List (ISL).
Immpact will benefit employers and recruiters by saving them time and money. Working with recruitment experts to analyse existing overseas recruitment workflows, Immpact has calculated that it will save 50% of the time involved in managing overseas recruitment, helping to cut down the time-consuming filtering of applications traditionally needed.
For employers traditionally looking to recruit overseas applicants, previous data from industry recruitment software specialists show that 30% of overseas applications are rejected as they do not have the right to work, while 64% are rejected due to CVs being unclear or requirements not being met. This leaves just 6% of applications remaining, which results in about 2% then being interviewed. Immpact will automatically present only suitable pre-qualified applications to employers or recruiters, eradicating wasted time on unsuitable or unqualified applicants.
Beech continues: “Following thousands of hours of development and utilising the latest advanced technology which can adapt to evolving Home Office requirements and procedures, we’re proud to launch Immpact. Our unique new platform takes care of the entire process – from pre-qualifying processes, searching and shortlisting, down to arranging interviews, successful appointments, onboarding, the provision of regular content and guidance, and access to regulated immigration legal professionals.
“Our new technology will transform global migration for both UK organisations and businesses struggling to recruit and global talent looking to work in the UK. Immpact has been thoroughly tested at every stage and is both user-friendly and, crucially, compliant, so qualified overseas applicants and UK employers and recruiters can be confident that only genuine UK jobs and overseas applicants match and proceed. Quite simply, we want Immpact to simplify the whole migration process by putting the right talent in the right place at the right time, and for UK employers to fulfil critical talent shortages which will help them not only survive, but thrive.”
The platform has a free trial or low-cost subscriber options for search-matching and more for employers and recruiters. For talent, the platform has zero costs for creating a profile, using the pre-qualifying tools or searching for opportunities. For further information visit www.immpact.ai.
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