This Cyber Security Startup Has Legs
November 20, 2015
Network World — They say you only get one chance at a first impression, and Israeli startup Secret Double Octopus wants to make sure it leaves you with a big one.
But don’t let the buzzworthy name fool you. Secret Double Octopus is working to become a heavy hitter in cyber security, going beyond encryption. It’s based on research conducted at BGU by Prof. Shlomi Dolev, the Rita Altura Trust Chair in Computer Sciences and chief security officer at Secret Double Octopus, and his post-doc researcher Dr. Shimrit Tzur-David. Prof. Dolev started SDO to address some serious issues in modern cyber security methods.
“With the definition of ‘safe’ key length constantly growing,” Prof. Dolev says, “sensitive information from recent years can now be decrypted. We’re helping customers end this arms race with a next generation, perfect information theoretically secure network security scheme.”
In laymen’s terms, SDO takes data traveling from one destination to another and puts it through a virtual shredder where it is “sliced” into myriad individual strands. Those strands are then sent down different network pathways and recombined at the destination, making the data impossible to intercept by a malicious third party.
Information-theoretical security schemes, such as this one, cannot be cracked, not even with unlimited computing power. The name may raise some eyebrows, but Secret Double Octopus could very well revolutionize the field of cyber security.