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UMBRA’s Data Security Protects Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Attacks

One of the primary reasons we at UMBRA invented Device-to-Device encryption is to protect government infrastructure. Whether the electrical grid, a dam or an airport, more and more infrastructure is  becoming an attack target. Terrorism and espionage has evolved dramatically from the use of physical devices to destroy critical infrastructure. In today’s new global cold war, cyber terrorism is a much greater threat. Your enemies do not need to physically damage a power plant to shut down the grid, rather just hack into it. Hacking also is proving to be more effective and is a more intrusive means of affecting national security.

The risks are exponentially greater for infrastructure projects than say a typical attack against a business. When attacking a business, quite often the motivation is simply financial gain and/or competitive advantage. With governmental infrastructure programs, the risk is to the citizens that might be effected by the attack. For example, in 2015, the power grid in Ukraine was repeatedly shut down by cyber attacks. In March of 2020, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that the US energy sector was attacked as a means of shutting down natural gas pipelines. The attack disrupted operations across various critical systems operators, which meant that an entire pipeline involved was shut down for two days. Australian infrastructure has seen repeated and frequent attacks over the past year.

The bottom-line. is that for national security, data needs to be protected not just to avoid data leakage and the costs involved, but to ensure control and command.

Enter D2D encryption. It was designed very much with national security and infrastructure in mind.  You see, D2D encryption protects the data at the source itself unlike most other data security products that just try to limit access.  This means, that with our DNA BindingTM, the encryption protocol embeds directly with the data itself.  Infrastructure data is always 100% secure. Therefore, even in the case of  a breach of the core operational technology, the data cannot be accessed or manipulated. Even further, any data that is copied, downloaded, forwarded or saved is rendered useless to 3rd parties as the source data cannot be exfiltrated.

At UMBRA, we manage data protection through the truly brilliant and patented pending universal key service. The genius is that the D2D encryption originates on your device. By the time the data arrives to our key server, it is already encrypted so all we need to do is issue another key. This key will then only work with the receiving device, which generates the matching key required to open the data. In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server and even if subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted gibberish…as that is all we have.  Further, D2D encryption also only use keys one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique device-to-device encryption (D2D) world, there is zero opportunity at all for any data breach or for impact on operations.

The patented D2D encryption we have developed is mutli-layered and superbly designed. It has proven to be unhackable. We have tested with MI5 and our founders developed Wickr, which since its inception in 2012 has never been hacked and is now utilized by the US military for their communications. D2D encryption has been exponentially imagined and secured over that period.


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