Today's cyber threat surface is much like the surface of the sun: constantly energized. The digital ecosystem moves at the speed of light and the amount of information that moves over the ever-expanding network is growing asymptotically. Yet much of our defense strategy and implementations are static or semi-static. One of the foundational bricks of technology architecture is the static credential that we rely on to authenticate both users and devices. Static credentials require substantial management resources and are frequently the first point of entry for a hacker.
Our existing cybersecurity strategies were designed by humans, to defend against humans -- who operate, at best, at the speed of double-digit bits per second. Advanced technology is capable of operating at teraflops per second. This dichotomy creates a chasm in our digital security infrastructure. In order to close the chasm, we have to do two things:
- Remove elements of our security architecture that were designed to operate at human speed
- Remove dependency on any static elements in the security infrastructure
Defense must become dynamic. It must become faster than the attacker, moving first and making the attacker react. This represents a role reversal from the current state of affairs, where enterprises react to the attacker and struggle to reduce the reaction time.
QWERX has designed a product that moves on from static credentials to ephemeral credentials. These credentials are never exchanged or stored and can be rotated and generated multiple times per second. Unlike PKI, Ephemeral Key Infrastructure prevents many of the most common types of cyber threats by eliminating the static credential that is so vulnerable to theft or misuse. Our patented secure authentication protocol has taken the digital security paradigm out of the static 20th century into the dynamic future.