The Challenge to the Encryption Paradigm


The purpose of encryption is to effectively mask the content and meaning of a message so that only the trusted communicators can write, read and understand the message.

As a paradigm encryption has been around for a very long time and has operated very effectively. The encryption paradigm rests on the difficulty presented to the unauthorized reader to break the encryption code. Over time those codes have become more and more difficult to break as the power of computing to break them has dramatically increased.

One of the great defeats for encryption was the capture of the German ENIGMA machine in World War Two. The primary operating assumption for the encryption paradigm has not changed and the purpose of encryption in strongly masking a message remains its primary function today.

For generations the challenge has been to make encryption increasingly more complex to stay ahead of attackers seeking to guess or calculate the decryption key to read the message.

Unfortunately, that paradigm of strong encryption is no longer as strong as it once was. The target of attackers today is not the encryption key, but access to the key through compromising the credentials of the authorized reader or writer.

If the attacker has the credentials of the authorized person they have access to the encryption and decryption process and the strength of encryption becomes irrelevant. Now, every attacker has their own ENIGMA machine.

OnliU confronts this challenge by addressing information security in defeating the use of a stolen credential regardless of how perfect that credential is.

OnliU defeats the attacker seeking the encryption keys by denying them access to the system even if they possess trusted credential.

The life of the encryption paradigm can be extended substantially by deploying OnliU.

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