Quantum-powered RNG supplies pure entropy to crypto systems
Whitewood Encryption Systems has created Entropy Engine, a cost-effective, quantum-powered random number generator.
The Entropy Engine employs quantum mechanics to solve the problem of entropy generation, the critical foundation to all cryptographic systems currently in use today. It is designed for applications that employ encryption, digital signing, PKI, crypto-currency and digital payments.
It addresses the fundamental issue of all cryptosystems – predictability. An overriding threat of any application that employs cryptography is the use of random data that isn’t truly random, increasing the risk that keys can be compromised and data breached.
The Entropy Engine exploits quantum mechanics to supply pure entropy in the form of random data at high speeds (200 Mbps), solving the problem of entropy generation that handicaps even the highest-performance cryptography systems currently in use today. At its core is a patent-pending quantum entropy source that generates random data based on the immutable laws of physics and is therefore immune from external influence by attackers.
Designed for any application that incorporates cryptography or relies on high-quality random data, the Whitewood Entropy Engine removes the risk of existing entropy sources failing to satisfy demand or becoming deterministic. Whether using low-level functions such as encryption, digital signatures, and certificates, or higher-level security protocols such as SSL/TLS or SSH, or raw random data for gaming and simulators, the Entropy Engine provides a critical security foundation and basis of trust.
The technological innovation that forms the basis of Whitewood’s Entropy Engine was developed from more than two decades of research into quantum cryptography at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was commercialized through a collaboration between the federal lab and Whitewood’s corporate parent, Allied Minds, in the largest single transaction of an intellectual property portfolio ever executed by Los Alamos.
“The successful transformation of the Los Alamos technology into a commercial product illustrates how our unique public-private partnership with U.S. federal research centers allows us to create best-in-class products that solve some of our nation’s biggest economic challenges,” said John Serafini, Vice President at Allied Minds, the parent company of Whitewood.
Allied Minds Federal Innovations (AMFI), the division of Allied Minds led by Serafini that is dedicated to commercializing federal intellectual property, was awarded an exclusive, worldwide license to the Los Alamos quantum cryptography innovations and collaborates with the lab under a CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement). Under this agreement Los Alamos joins a network of federal R&D entities, including The MITRE Corporation and The Aerospace Corporation, which are working with the Boston-based company to solve real-world problems and to materially benefit the U.S. economy.
The product, which is delivered as a PCIe plug-in card, is being unveiled at the Black Hat USA 2015 show in Las Vegas for trials and evaluation.