May 7, 2019
Encrypted Sensors, a cybersecurity company, has programmed a quantum computer-proof encryption onto a field-programmable gate arrray (FPGA) hardware chip. The company says it has applied to trademark it as an actual private network (APN), a hardware-based encryption system that functions without software controls or operating systems on which VPNs are based.
The company’s non-algebraic encryption algorithm is considered by cybersecurity experts to be an encryption solution.
“Since our encryption is not based on math, it challenges the way computers operate,” explains Brian Penny, inventor of the algorithm and co-owner of Encrypted Sensors. “Any computer trying to break it would have to decide what is—and isn’t—reality.”
Hardware-based APNs function independent of any software controls or operating systems. An attacker would have to physically gain control of the specific APN hardware that is set up for the network.
Benefits of the encryption being on the FPGA chip include having control of the entire encryption environment. The encryption can run a lot faster, near real time, compared with other encryption systems, according to Encrypted Sensors.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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