August Information Assurance Meeting: Practical Quantum Key Distribution?

 MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Harris Institute for Assured Information at Florida Institute of Technology and the Space Coast Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) present a monthly lecture series on security trends and topics. This month’s meeting, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for August 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Harris Center for Science and Engineering Building on the Florida Tech campus. 

Nathaniel McKervey and Logan Soya, both of Harris Corporation, will speak on the opportunity and challenges brought about by recent advances in Quantum Key Distribution.

McKervey notes that the advances in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) have been rapid: “Twenty years ago, Quantum Key Distribution was demonstrated over just a few centimeters. It came with the promise of unbreakable encryption through provably secure key distribution. In recent years, researchers have increased the achievable speed & distance of the technology, bringing it closer to commercial viability. This talk will cover the advantages and limitations of QKD, what it will take to become commercialized and applications down the road.”

McKervey and Soya have worked at Harris Corporation for eleven years, where they have focused on advancing Mission Critical Networks. Both have Bachelor of Physics degrees from Florida Tech. Nate also has a Masters of Communication Information Systems and Logan has a Masters of Systems Management from Florida Tech.

For more information, contact Richard Ford at

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Fla., the company has annual revenue of over $4 billion and 16,000 employees—including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. More information is available at


About Florida Institute of Technology
Located in Melbourne, Fla., the university was founded in 1958 to train professionals working in the space program at what is now Kennedy Space Center. It is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. More information is available at


About ISSA

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), with 109 chapters in 24 countries and more than 13,000 members, is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for information security professionals and practitioners. ISSA provides education, publications, information-sharing and peer forums to foster the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members, and serves as the global voice of information security.



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