Cyphre had an exhilarating experience at SATELLITE 2018 in the Washington, D.C. last week. Thousands of satellite professionals, from aerospace thought leaders to entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, military leaders, and customers profited from the insightful presentations, case studies, and panel discussions.
Cyphre had a story to tell at SATELLITE 2018, as well. The highlight of our participation was the presentation made by Cyphre co-founders Lance Smith (CEO) and Larry Lozon (Vice President of Product) at the Satellite Unveiled Theater. Lance and Larry set the context for a new era in which satellite communications providers will embrace the need for limitless data security across global connections based on unyielding encryption.
Cyphre’s SATELLITE 2018 Session on Data Security without Boundaries
The audience learned how hardened encryption technology enables iron-clad cybersecurity for commercial satellite communications and why this is so crucially important to the health of the industry going forward.
Lance and Larry introduced the concept of an “era of boundless connectivity” based on the “expanding evolution toward connecting all things imaginable.” The fundamental question is how to keep network connections that span ground stations and arrays of satellites safe from eavesdropping, surveillance, man-in-the-middle attacks, and covert interception.
Security Spending vs. Cost of Breaches
In a world where a typical industrial facility, such as an oil rig, has more than 6,000 connected devices, boundless connectivity is expanding to connect all things on an infinite basis—and the spectrum of things that can be adversely impacted is also growing in an unbounded manner.
Even as physical attacks are more and more capable of producing economic devastation, Gartner reports that “only $86.4 billion is spent to protect data.” The imbalance between $2.1 trillion and $86.4 billion is staggering. In an era when accounting theories are beginning to look at the value of data on the balance sheet, protecting those assets is paramount.
Entering a New Era of Encryption
The presentation went on to show how hardware-based encryption has become a vital resource to commercial companies as traditional data security tools and technologies begin to diminish in effectiveness. To address ever-increasing threats, massively scalable, virtually unbreakable data protection such as Cyphre offers is becoming mandatory. We are entering a new normal where encryption will be expected across all satellite communications.
Larry introduced a concept he called “Cyphre’s Law.” Cyphre’s Law states that boundless connectivity amplified by infinite expansion and subject to unbounded attack surfaces can be brought into equilibrium through something he termed Limitless Data Protection (LDP). He said LDP, which is based on standards-based encryption plus unyielding key protection, should be built into the culture of every organization.
As Lance put it, “The goal of LDP is reached when all attack vectors have been sufficiently hardened so as to not be limiting. Cryptographic control agents and authorities require strengthening to sustain the requirement for limitlessness, and this calls for a major expanse in our thinking.”
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As attacks on satellite communications exert cascading effects on broadcast networks, emergency services, defense, navigation systems, maritime communications, and more, SATELLITE 2018 gave Cyphre a chance to open a conversation about “data security without boundaries.” The audience was fully receptive to the importance of securing data as it traverses from the origination point over the satellite link and through the teleport to a company’s network.