Maryland Patent of the Month – February 2022

Our cyber world is growing, and with it, grows cyber warfare. CyLogic, Inc. is intent on developing the tools and systems needed to help enterprises defend themselves against attacks. One common attack type is a Denial of Availability (DOA) which falls under two main methods. 

  1. Denial of Service (DOS) which try to deny access to information by rendering the systems unable to perform them;
  2. Ransomware which renders the information itself inaccessible by encrypting it with keys which are available only after a payment of some form.

CyLogic has recently developed a method that introduces resilience against these DOA attacks in secure decentralized P2P filesystems. These decentralized file systems are used for public file-sharing protocols. 

CyLogic’s system ensures these files are shared or retrieved securely by using a public-key server. The combination of the decentralized file system and an automated file confidentiality and verification system prevent cyber attacks from limiting access to those who are meant to have it. The public key server can store multiple keys of an asymmetric cryptographic algorithm. A content address server stores file information. For each file, a unique identifier and encryption key are generated. The file is split into segments, and each segment has another unique identifier. Each encrypted segment is stored on the first peer device. The recipient retrieves the public key and can effectively decrypt and access the shared file.

Resilience is built in by preemptively encrypting data so that it will be useless to any malicious actors extracting data. The attackers cannot sell what they cannot read. It also removes the ransomware’s tactic of inciting inconvenience. Most  often people are impacted by ransomware because they need the data as soon as possible and are inconvenienced by the delay. The system created by CyLogic reduces this inconvenience and renders ransomware a less effective attack method.

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