Quantum technology for optical wireless communication in data-center security and hacking

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In the last decade data-centers have become a crucial element in our society. As a result, in the coming years there will be increased threat from hackers, who could cause outage of the data-center, extract millions of account details, or steal financial and sensitive information. One way to reduce these threats is to divide the data-center into sub data-centers, and connect them by secure links which prevent access by unauthorized users. A possible technology to connect between the sub data-centers is optical wireless communication (OWC) or free space optics (FSO). An OWC link includes an optical receiver and laser transmitter. The transmitter transmits a light beam that carries information which propagates to the receiver. The light beam carrying the information propagates through the air. In order to increase the security and make the penetration and intrusion difficult quantum key distribution (QKD) is added to the link. By doing so the information exchange between the sub data-centers is encrypted. In this paper we review up to date literature in the field, propose an implementation scheme of an OWC network in sub data-centers, and discuss ways to hack the system.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBroadband Access Communication Technologies XIII
EditorsKatsutoshi Tsukamoto, Benjamin B. Dingel, Spiros Mikroulis
ISBN (Electronic)9781510625327
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
EventBroadband Access Communication Technologies XIII 2019 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 4 Feb 20195 Feb 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


ConferenceBroadband Access Communication Technologies XIII 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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