Michigan Patent of the Month – October 2023

In an age where data security is paramount, protecting sensitive information from software hacks and side-channel attacks is a top priority. Agita Labs, Inc. has introduced an innovative system that addresses these concerns through a hardware-based approach. This technology provides a new level of data protection, making it virtually impervious to software vulnerabilities.

Agita Labs’ system is a breakthrough in data processing within electronic circuits. It operates without relying on software, ensuring that data remains secure and inaccessible to potential hackers. The circuit includes four sets of electronic elements, each with a specific purpose, ensuring data is processed with the utmost security.

The first set of elements receives encrypted secret data and decrypts it based on parameters included in the data key. The second set generates new secret data by executing various operations on the decrypted data. The third set then encrypts this new secret data based on the same parameters from the data key, providing encrypted output data. Notably, these sets of elements are mutually exclusive, further enhancing security.

To maintain data integrity, the system includes an interface that prevents access to unencrypted data, such as the data key and secret data, by external computing devices. This added layer of protection ensures that even if a device is compromised, the data remains secure.

The circuit is organized as synchronous state machines, with operations performed on secret data having latency that is independent of the data’s value. It includes mathematical and Boolean operations, and even includes a conditional move operation to ensure data remains secure under various conditions.

Additionally, the system uses high-entropy encryption algorithms, guaranteeing that each encryption of the same plaintext data results in a different, randomly selected output, further thwarting potential attackers.

Agita Labs’ technology extends beyond the hardware circuit. A computing device, which can be part of a cloud computing service, communicates with the electronic circuit. It sends encrypted secret data and operation identifiers to the circuit and receives encrypted output data, ensuring that data remains secure even during transmission.

This system not only safeguards data but also sets new standards for security in the era of cloud computing and IoT. Agita Labs’ inventive approach offers peace of mind in an age where data breaches and cyberattacks are all too common.

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