The coming commercialization of quantum computers offers astonishing potential. ISARA quantum resistant solutions will allow you to make your conventional computer systems quantum safe now, and as quantum technology progresses in the future. Founded in 2015, ISARA Corporation is affiliated with the rich academic and research ecosystem of Quantum Valley, a high-tech hub in Waterloo, Ontario. ISARA is part of a collaborative effort with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo and the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI), among others, to raise awareness of the potential for quantum threats, and design and implement quantum resistant solutions that will work globally.

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ISARA Corporation researchers and developers are working to create quantum resistant solutions for practical security. Our researchers and developers will meet the present and future security needs of governments, enterprises and end users with:

  • Fully vetted cryptographic algorithms leveraged within existing technology standards
  • Options to enhance performance while maintaining appropriate levels of security and effectiveness
  • Optimized encryption for real-world applications
  • Formal proofs that new cryptographic algorithms are (or will be) resistant to quantum attacks
  • Defined quantum-hard problems to replace the accepted hard problems that have been the basis for our current “classical” cryptographic systems


The world needs formal conformation to a standard for quantum-resistant solutions. Today and into the future of quantum technology innovation, ISARA Corporation is planning for use cases impacting diverse vendors and devices. Migration plans will be driven by getting the right new and updated standards in place before delivering quantum-resistant solutions for enterprise applications. Cryptographic systems that are tested and certified as quantum safe are critical for commercial adoption. These standards need to be embedded into multiple existing protocols and systems that are backward compatible with existing systems. As a member of ETSI, ISARA is an active participant in a co-operative community working towards quantum safe cryptographic standards that the whole world can adopt.


Until recently, the projected timelines for commercial quantum solutions have been vague, unrealistically long, and easy to ignore. At ISARA, we are dedicated to advocating about the quantum threat so that some of the basic technological/algorithmic choices can be made and further refined into commercially viable products. As a community, we need to do this before the ICT industry’s vendors and consumers are exposed to a risk that might have been prevented with more foresight. The remediation and upgrade path becomes massively more complex and costly when you fail to add quantum resistance components to existing computing ecosystems before a quantum occurs. Talk to us about new algorithmic choices and how to build them into the communication protocols that our connected world relies on.

ISARA Corporation’s CEO, Scott Totzke, is responsible for building the organization that is developing and implementing quantum-resistant products. Prior to co-founding ISARA, Scott was Senior Vice President of Enterprise and Security at Huawei where he was responsible for launching Huawei’s R&D office in Waterloo. He drove their global strategy for delivering industry leading mobility solutions designed to meet the most stringent security requirements demanded by enterprise and government customers.

Scott was also a Senior Vice President at BlackBerry, where his organization was responsible for the security of BlackBerry products and services. Scott helped shape BlackBerry’s security, regulatory compliance, lawful access and privacy strategies on a global scale. His organization included accountability for full security lifecycle management ranging from design and implementation to in-life response to customer issues and concerns. Under Scott’s leadership, security became BlackBerry’s single biggest differentiator in government, enterprise and consumer markets.

Prior to joining BlackBerry in 2001, Scott was senior consultant with EDS, and built technical expertise and leadership experience in network security, architecture and database design roles. He also spent more than a decade as a system developer and network architect.

As our Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Mike Brown is focused on the technical vision and direction for ISARA Corporation.

Mike was most recently the Vice President of Security Product Management and Research at BlackBerry, where he co-founded the product security practice and was responsible for the vision and execution of security for all BlackBerry products. Mike has spoken at global security events including RSA, CTIA, GTEC, Bloomberg, APECTEL and InfoSec Europe. He holds a Masters of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, focusing on cryptography.

Mark Pecen is Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation and chairman of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) industry standardization group Quantum Safe Cryptography (QSC), located in Sophia Antipolis, France, specializing in next-generation security. He is also CEO of Approach Infinity, a consultancy through which he provides advisory services to several technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms, as well as several industry and academic organizations. Mark is a regular advisor to the Canadian government and European Commission on wireless communication, intellectual property and research, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing.

Mark invented a number of technologies that have been adopted in global standards, including the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication (GSM), Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS), High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+), Long-Term Evolution (LTE) for 4G wireless, and others. He retired as senior vice president for BlackBerry, Ltd. where he founded the Advanced Technology Research Centre and developed a significant portion of BlackBerry’s wireless and networking patent portfolio. He was awarded the title of Motorola Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing valuable intellectual property for digital wireless communication.

A veteran of the wireless industry, Mark is an author and editor of books and academic papers in the area of wireless technology and holds more than 100 fundamental patents in areas of wireless communication, networking and computing. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


ISARA Corporation is headquartered at Quantum Valley Investments in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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