F.Y. Teng | April 9, 2012 | CIO Asia
Singapore-based firm specialised in email and Internet privacy Rune Information Security Corporation Pte Ltd has announced the launch of an encryption solution for preventing data theft through email and messaging on the PC and Macintosh platforms. Called Deadbolt, the new solution, according to Rune executives, was designed "as a one-time-pad for e-mail, messaging and data."
The "one-time-pad" refers to the cryptosystem invented by Vernam that is reputedly "unbreakable if used correctly...because it produces completely random cipher-text that secures data so that even the most powerful super computers cannot break the encryption when it is used properly...[and] the only way to break the code and read the message [is] to actually be in possession of the pad."
A "pad" is "a block of random data equal in length to the message you wish to encode." And when in use, "one copy of the pad is kept by each user and pads must be exchanged via a secure channel," such as during a face to face meeting. (Marcus Ranum, network security expert.)
Rune's development team combined the Vernam cipher with the most widely used email encryption standards based on OpenPGP to product Deadbolt, said the company's executives.
"Deadbolt is designed to easily protect information against all who want to steal your data," said Rune President and CTO Lance Gaines. "We can't stop them from getting access to your system but we do stop them from being able to read sensitive email and documents...Deadbolt...removes information from the continual 'crypto arms race' of ever increasing key lengths; whatever you secure today will be just as secure 1,000 years from now."
Gaines also stressed that Deadbolt was "data centric" and protected information wherever it may be residing or travelling, and that it was built for a broad market and therefore could easily deliver value when deployed in small to medium user groups/enterprises and large corporations alike. "Deadbolt is not crypto for the masses," he said. "Instead, it is crypto for those that need to protect secrets."