March 4, 2016

Truly Random Number Generator Promises Stronger Encryption Across All Devices, Cloud

So long pseudo-random number generator. Quantum mechanics brought us true randomness to power our crypto algorithms, and it's strengthening encryption in the cloud, datacenter, and the Internet of Things.

 In light of yet another SSL vulnerability this week, any improvements to the underpinnings of encryption would be welcome. One weakness of encryption algorithms -- one that simply increasing from 128-bit to 256-bit can't solve -- is that they are based onpseudo-random number generators; not truly random number generators. Whitewood Encryption Systems, which launched in summer 2015, is changing that, by using quantum mechanics.

They generate truly random numbers by harnessing the entropy (randomness or disorder) of nature, which is much more random than any of the sources computing systems currently glean for entropy.

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