A reliable electrical grid is essential to a country’s manufacturing, defense, and governance capabilities. In recent years, the control of electrical grids has become automated through networked sensors and control equipment. Uncorrupted communications between these machines – or machine-to-machine (M2M) communications – is essential to maintaining grid reliability and stability. Recent cyber-attacks have demonstrated that grid automation components are vulnerable to hackers and can lead to significant disruption – even physical destruction – of existing power systems. As such, securing M2M communication has become a global security priority.GridCOM Technologies is the world’s first company dedicated to developing and offering a quantum-based cyber security solution for M2M communications. Based on the same quantum optic phenomena used in quantum cryptographic systems, GridCOM is developing an encryption solution for both wired and wireless devices that can deliver secure, long-term encryption compatible with the needs of control-based M2M communications/protocols. Our Quantum Data Locking™ service is the only encryption solution available today that can guarantee tamper-proof communications between critical automation equipment for the life of the electrical grid.