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Certificate-less authenticated encryption gets US patent

Posted by on July 1, 2014.

Connect in Private (CIP) has made two announcements today. The first is that it has received a US patent for its Certificate-less Authenticated Encryption (CLAE). The second is that Alexander Hanff has joined the company as Chief Privacy Officer.

CLAE
Encryption, as we have been told by Edward Snowden, is our best defence against espionage; whether that is state snooping or economic spying. But the problem with most encryption is that it is simply too complicated for the masses, or too expensive for widespread use. It generally revolves around the use of certificates for authentication and key sharing. These certificates need to be acquired, managed and securely stored. The result is that encryption exists, is fundamental to security, but is rarely used.

In a nutshell, CLAE does away with the need for certificates by providing a secret exchange protocol that can exchange secrets between any two entities. This makes it the shangri-la of secure email – easy-to-use, easy-to-administer, cheap and secure. But it has many other applications, including mobile payments, the Internet of Things, DRM, cloud security and authentication, smart cards and crypto currency.

The new patent was issued on 8 April 2014. The international patent examiner in Geneva stated that all CIP’s claims are “novel, are inventive and have industrial applicability.” Pascal Paillier, CEO and senior security expert at CryptoExperts, said, “CLAE achieves in a single cryptographic function all the ultimate functionalities that one can expect from a modern encryption mechanism. It supports authentication at no extra cost, and the certificate-less feature makes it easy to integrate in pre-existing applications. CLAE is basically what secure applications need, regardless of whether people are even aware that such technology exists and is available.”

ahanff-260x160Chief Privacy Officer
Alexander Hanff (a regular contributor to this site) has joined CIP as Chief Privacy Officer. Hanff has, in the past, been instrumental in exposing and tackling deep-packet-inspection behavioral profiling for advertising, and was instrumental in Phorm’s failure to gain a foot-hold in the UK despite a secret (and many believe, illegal) trial by BT.

He is particularly involved in CIP’s new Digital Ethical Advertising Platform (DEAP). CIP’s CEO Bill Montgomery commented, “Privacy matters in our world, and with Alexander as our guide, DEAP – powered by CLAE – is now poised to change the entire face of the $120B global online advertising business.

“DEAP introduces the zero knowledge advertising platform and with all transactions enabled by CLAE, our promise is to deliver unparalleled, seamless privacy and security for the world’s consumers, all provided for free.”


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