Blockchain technology is set to change the IT industry in the same way open-source software platforms did couple of years ago.
Blockchain technology is no doubt an ingenious invention, by allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied,
blockchain technology created a backbone of a new type of internet. Blockchain is an incorruptible digital
ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.
Many big companies across the globe are now fully convinced about the idea of investing in Blockchain technology and have started building their own solutions using this powerful technology. Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, IBM and banks like J.P. Morgan Chase are few early adopters of blockchain technology.
Although blockchain technology is in its nascent stage but there is no doubt in the minds of tech giants that blockchain would be the next big thing. But like any other technology, even blockchain implementation needs to be tested and ensure the security of blockchain implementation. Today if you try finding a detail guide on blockchain security concerns, you will find a whole lot of information which is absolutely of no use.
Inspira Enterprise – Leading IT Solutions Provider in India, with its center of excellence in Networking, Unified Communication, IT Security, Cloud, Smart City, Healthcare solutions and Blockchain, are now partner of Guardtime – The world’s Leading Blockchain Company, by revenue, headcounts and customers.
Guardtime is a team of over 150 cryptographers, developers and security architects, with decades of experience defending networks from nation-state attack. Guardtime is an Information and Software Assurance company to offer the world’s first massively scalable real-time authentication and integrity solution for any type of digital asset.
Over the last decade Guardtime have built a technology platform called KSI that allows to tackle hard problems in security, supply chain, compliance and networking.
Guardtime Federal is a Delaware limited liability company established in 2014 to exclusively support the cyber security and related requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Intelligence Community, other U.S. Government departments and the industrial community that supports these U.S. Government organizations.
Guardtime has successfully managed to keep blockchain technology safe with its KSI technology solution. KSI stands for Keyless Signature Infrastructure,
it is a data-centric security technology, which employs one way hash functions to generate digital signatures that can prove the time, integrity and
attribution of origin for electronic data. With Guardtime’s Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) technology, the realization of ‘truly attributable’
networks is possible, where digital assets and their provenance can be authenticated in real-time, anywhere in the world, independent of the service provider.
KSI signatures are portable, literally becoming part of the digital asset, and are used to provide proof of time, identity, and authenticity.
This proof affords the consumer, service provider, or data broker to finally trust the provenance and integrity of any network interactions, as well as the digital assets they are managing and/or consuming.
Guardtime’s KSI technology is used across a variety of United States and European Union e-government and federal agency platforms to authenticate and validate important digital and M2M assets in real-time and regardless of scale; verifying their authenticity, time, chain-of-custody and associated interactions. Guardtime KSI serves as a proactive Information and Software Assurance, Insider Threat, and Advanced Persistent Threat detection capability.
Guardtime’s definition of an Attributable Network: Attribution means that the properties of important digital assets (trade secret, proprietary information, etc.) and network component software and/or firmware for assets like routers, switches, applications, virtual machines, configuration information, audit and event log systems, and associated network services can be tagged, tracked, located, and subsequently authenticated.
The information derived from a KSI signature means the asset’s chain-of-custody information, creation time, and authenticity information remains undisputable and can be subsequently trusted and verified without trusting or solely relying upon an administrator or a secret (such as a key or PKI credential). Instead, KSI uses a ‘proof-based’ method to accomplish authentication and our forensic evidence is portable across any Cloud Service Provider or Enterprise network.
Forensically, KSI signatures are based on mathematical proofs and keyless cryptographic functions approved by the EU and the US National Institute of Standards (NIST). These proofs and functions will withstand exploitation even with advances in quantum computing meaning that assets signed by KSI will have proof information retained over the lifetime of the asset. The forensic evidence of the signatures makes legal indemnification issues easy to resolve; highlighting who, what, where, and when a digital asset was touched, modified, created, or transmitted. This evidence holds up in a court of law.
Literally any digital asset can be signed with Guardtime KSI and access (to the underlying data the signatures are protecting) is not necessary to determine if there is an integrity loss or compromise. An organization’s Network Operations Center (NOC) or Security Operations Center (SOC) can simply adjudicate and trace any changes to signatures to determine the integrity state of their network or important archives via automated (or manual) reporting, analysis, and visualization (dashboards).
This concept and infrastructure does not rely on cryptographic secrets or credentials that can be compromised, nor does KSI rely on trusting administrators. The signature information afforded by Guardtime KSI can be used in fact to preserve and verify administration/user activities, behaviors, and interactions across the network.
‘attribution’ means that the digital assets and network components can be tagged, tracked, located, and subsequently authenticated, in real-time, at scale.
Guardtime’s KSI technology serves as a proactive Information and Software Assurance, Insider Threat, and Advanced Persistent Threat detection capability.
KSI technology is in use today across a variety of United States and European Union eGovernment and federal agency platforms.
KSI signatures are based on mathematical proofs and keyless cryptographic functions approved by the EU and the US National Institute of Standards (NIST).
KSI does not rely on cryptographic secrets or credentials that can be compromised, nor does KSI rely on trusting administrators.
The forensic evidence of the KSI signatures makes legal indemnification issues easy to resolve, highlighting who, what, where, and when a digital asset was touched, modified, created, or transmitted.
The information afforded by KSI holds up in a court of law.
The introduction of any new technology can increase the complexity of the network, overloading an organisations operational resources and highlighting gaps in the skills and capabilities of teams who are already committed to looking after existing systems and services
Guardtime's Design-Build-Operate-Transfer (DBOT) model provides clients with a flexible solution for delivery, operations and optimization for a pre-defined period. Specific plans for client’s organization competence build up are defined and executed.
How DBOT Works
The DBOT model includes services from across the project lifecycle, such as design services, build services (network implementation and operations set-up),
operations services, the transfer of operations (or Guardtime or
our certified service provider partners continue operations in a managed services approach), and related project management and consultancy services.
Guardtime also delivers ongoing services that are designed to develop and grow your competence. Together, these services support an effective handover of network operations and optimisation from us to you.
DBOT ensures faster time-to-market, with guaranteed service performance from day one. At the same time,
it builds operation and maintenance competencies within your organisation.
The first part of an engagement is to offer an audit or existing network architecture, resulting in a risk assessment on gaps and vulnerabilities. We t hen design the integration of the KSI technology stack into an existing SOC (Security Operations Centre) and NOC (Network Operations Centre).
Guardtime via our certified system integration and service provider partners will build and deploy all components of the SOC architecture and provide the KSI service. Your company can become a certified system integrator/ service provider by going through the partner certification process.
Guardtime and our service provider partners can operate the service and SOC for an extended period of time via a managed services contract to ensure a faster and efficient go to market strategy. The service provider can be a public service or a private service operated within your own network.
During the operation period Guardtime and its certified training partners can train your staff and help to ensure a smooth transfer of operations. Once the transfer has been completed your firm can become an SI and provision and control your own internal deployments off a public service or on premise.