New Security System: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

February 15, 2020

It is an understatement that digital security is a growing concern, but that could change with a new invention. The Eurasia Review discussed the latest in the security field in the article, “New Security System To Revolutionize Communications Privacy.” An international research team of scientists from the University of St. Andrews, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and Center for Unconventional Processes of Sciences created an unshakable security system and is described as will “revolutionize communications privacy.”

How does the revolutionary system work?

“The international team of scientists have created optical chips that enable information to be sent from user to user using a one-time un-hackable communication that achieves ‘perfect secrecy’ allowing confidential data to be protected more securely than ever before on public classical communication channels. Their proposed system uses silicon chips that contain complex structures that are irreversibly changed, to send information in a one-time key that can never be recreated nor intercepted by an attacker.”

The optical chips offer perfect secrecy on a global scale and the costs are estimated to be feasible. Current cryptographic techniques are fast and easy to share, but advanced computers with quantum algorithms can crack them. The new encryption systems is supposedly unbreakable, uses existing communication networks, and takes up a lot less space.

Theoretically the system is perfect, because the chip generates keys that unlock each message. The keys are never stored, communicated, nor ever be created. It adds an extra security level that the regular cryptographic technology does not have.

The new security system inventors or academics, not from big technology companies, and they work at organizations in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. They are not for-profit organizations, but the scientists are searching for commercial applications for the security system.

Whitney Grace, February 15, 2020


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