New SPYRUS Patents Transparently Upgrade Legacy Security Solutions With Advanced Cryptographic Algorithms
SAN JOSE, CA, May 14, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
SPYRUS, Inc. announced today that Israeli patent 198362, "Method and
System for Deploying Advanced Cryptographic Algorithms," has been
issued to the company. The Israeli patent is based on US Patent
8,009,829, issued to SPYRUS on August 30, 2011. Additional patents
are pending in Europe and India. These patents describe a means of
strengthening protection against attacks on cryptographic keys,
digitally signed data, and identity authentication methods in mobile,
desktop, and embedded computing platforms.
The invention described by the patent is a Limited Change Scenario
(LCS) system and associated processes for incorporating a strong
Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) key within a weaker but longer RSA
public key in a completely transparent manner by using automatic
substitution and watermarking techniques. Although still widely used
for information security, RSA public key encryption and
authentication algorithms were developed over 30 years ago and have
come under increasingly successful attacks. With the LCS system, both
the RSA and ECC signatures are verifiable, but the ECC signature is
expected to resist attack for at least another 160 years.
The system and method claims described in the LCS patents support the
implementation of the stronger, more computationally efficient, and
NIST- and DoD-approved "Suite B" cryptographic information protection
for software products based on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Android, and
Mac OS, as well as legacy hardware-based products. Such protection is
particularly important because resources available to nation-state
attackers increase the likelihood of continued successful penetration
attacks upon legacy algorithms.
The LCS patents provide means to deploy and validate a certificate
that carries a stronger ECC key embedded within existing, globally
deployed RSA-based public key infrastructures where the current
investment in RSA-based PKI systems precludes the direct replacement
of software, hardware, and policies. Incorporating new ECC
cryptographic algorithms directly would otherwise be incompatible
with most existing PKI security systems.
The 25 claims in the patent also describe several methods in which
other proprietary or even classified algorithms could be introduced
or substituted within an existing infrastructure.
This latest set of LCS patents adds to the growing worldwide
portfolio of SPYRUS patents that enable solutions for secure
authentication, secure communication, full disk encryption, data
protection, and rights management for digital content.
About SPYRUS, Inc.
SPYRUS has provided hardware-encrypting BYOD solutions for mobility
markets since 2009, starting with componentized Windows XP, Windows
7, and now with Microsoft certified Windows 8 on the Secure Portable
Workplace. Only SPYRUS Trusted Mobility solutions protect data at
rest, in transit, and in use for PC, tablets, and smartphones using
advanced elliptic curve cryptography. All security products are made
in the USA, patent protected, designed to meet FIPS 140-2, and can be
centrally managed. SPYRUS is headquartered in San Jose, California.
See www.spyrus.com for more information.
SOURCE: SPYRUS, Inc.
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