Missouri Patent of the Month – February 2024

Q-Net Security, Inc. has been granted a patent for a new approach to data security. In an era where cybersecurity risks loom large, this invention introduces a data safe that not only performs data plane processing operations but does so with an unprecedented level of immutability, shielding it from processing-related modifications.

Q-Net Security is working towards the least fickle data security system possible. Not only should your data be secure, but you should feel secure when implementing network updates. To achieve this, the company built their own Q-Network solution – an approach which leaves no general-purpose computers to be hacked, and no updates.

At the heart of this invention is a data safe equipped with non-volatile storage, storing a multitude of pilot keys strategically in retrievable positions based on data storage locator information. The cryptographic key generation circuitry ensures the production of these pilot keys, laying the foundation for a robust security infrastructure. Remarkably, the performing data plane processing operations do not expose any of these pilot keys outside the data safe, ensuring an added layer of confidentiality.

Utilizing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), the encryption circuitry encrypts specific information for writing data requests. This encrypted information, decryptable based on specific pilot keys, forms a secure bridge between the data safe and the storage system, fostering a secure and reliable data exchange.

Q-Net Security’s invention introduces a data vault, creating insulation for communication between the data safe and other discrete devices. The vault includes secure communication interfaces, encrypting and decrypting data as it traverses the network, adding an extra layer of protection against potential breaches.

The data safe incorporates a communications-based security filter, engaging with a centralized authority node to authorize and validate data requests. This ensures that each received read or write data request is authorized based on the identification of the corresponding data client, bolstering the overall security posture.

Whether implemented as an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or an ASIC core stored in a non-transitory computer-readable medium, this invention marks a significant advancement in hardware-based security. Its potential applications extend across industries, particularly where securing data at rest is paramount, offering a resilient defense against the escalating cybersecurity threats faced in today’s digital landscape.

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