An Interview With Richard Blech and Robert Coleridge
By Deirdre Murphy
Technology – the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Seems simple enough… until you are in a room with people who actually create innovative technology. The excitement at Secure Channels Inc. is all about the PATENT. Richard Blech CEO of Secured Channels Inc. is an innovator and entrepreneur. His primary business focus is on data security and technology and Robert Coleridge CTO of Secure Channels Inc. Is a Systems Analyst and Software Engineer with over 35 years’ experience, twelve of those at Microsoft as a Senior Software Design Engineer. These guys do not want to simply create technology they want to disrupt it.
Secure Channels Inc. describes itself as new cyber-defense firm that creates robust, and state-of-the-art patented Technology – the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Encryption technologies that has patented processes to harden encryption and envelop resources in such a way as to render the data virtually unbreakable given the current, as well as foreseeable future technology and timelines, thus providing security that is impenetrable and far in excess of any existing encryption systems available today.
The patent is Secure Channels’ PKMS2® (Pattern Key Multi Segment, Multi Standard) technology uses available FIPS certified third party encryption libraries to produce “unbreakable”* communications and data files US Patent No. 8,744,078 B2, Issued June 3, 2014 Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURING MULTIPLE DATA SEGMENTS HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTHS USING PATTERN KEYS HAVING MULTIPLE DIFFERENT STRENGTHS.
One of the most interesting things about technology is the personalities behind it. Robert and Richard took the time out of their exciting launch to give us some insight into the new patent and Secure Channels Inc.
Does any other company hold a patent like this?
Richard- NO. What we have patented is actually the “process” of encrypting above and beyond the market standard.
Robert- The reason our technology was patented was that it was a unique intellectual contribution/invention and thus we received the patent, so, no other company holds a patent like this.
What about Secure Channels Inc. technology makes it disruptive?
Richard- The ability to allow the user to define how strong above the standard, they want their encryption level of protection to be.
Robert- Most encryption available publicly is based on a single standard, AES256, and once that is broken then all data secured by it will be available to the breaker. Our technology is disruptive in that it begins where others usually end: AES256. As such data encrypted with our technology will survive the upcoming breakage. Since the encryption technology is also “light-years” ahead of current technology whoever wants future data security needs to look beyond the present into the future and Secure Channels Inc. is already there.
I asked your staff how they explain where they work to their families, no one had a simple explanation. How do you describe Secure Channels Inc. to the non- technical person?
Richard- Tech company with a patented method to secure all data with impenetrable encryption technologies.
Robert- Secure Channels Inc. is a company focused on the security of digital information, keeping it out of the hands of illegal, unintentional, or otherwise nefarious persons or entities.
There seems to be daily breaches in the world any thoughts on why suddenly so many?
Richard- The spike is a result of the heavier migration of paper data to digital data. With more private and sensitive data available in digital format, the hackers of the world are continuously finding new ways to get at that valuable data. These breaches are at epidemic proportions.
Robert- The “perimeters” surrounding the unprotected data was assumed to be unbreachable once persons or entities learned how to breach one perimeter then the next fell, the learning was applied exponentially amongst hackers. Now we see perimeters falling faster than they can be secured.
Which recent breach bothered you the most and why?
Richard- Home depot it had a widespread effect. It resulted from an insider, which will become a commonplace problem that can only be resolved with certainty, by protecting sensitive data with the highest levels of encryption from the beginning.
Robert- I would have to say the Snowden breach bothered me the most since it was an inside job done for no other reason than to hurt the U.S. government. It was not done for some mundane reason like money or sex, but simply to expose government secrets and that makes it a treasonous act.
How will your patent change the industry?
Richard- The technology under the patent will protect user data with certainty and make any of said data that is otherwise compromised completely useless to the thief.
Robert- Our patent changes the industry in that we go beyond what is “acceptable” and provide what was previously unreachable – an unbreakable and thus truly secure paradigm.
How strong is your encryption compared to other companies?
Richard- Our encryption is unsurpassed by anyone due to the fact that our patented process is multi-segmented and with multiple patterns and keys which allow for user definition for a strengthening without a ceiling.
Robert- The current standard is AES256 which means the key is no longer than 256 bits, or a maximum of 32 typewritten characters long. Yes, it requires some significant computer power to break but AES256 pales in comparison to our patented system which has no key length limit. My testing platform uses multiple keys of 64KB long. That’s an increase of almost 205 thousand percent! To put it another way – assume with a supercomputer that it could break a single AES256 key in 6 months then a key structure, according to our patent, of 10 keys as small as 1KB would then take that same computer 320 times as long or 160 years. Remember that is with just using 1KB keys…stretch that out to 64KB keys and you are looking at roughly 102 millennia to break. That’s, for all intents and purposes, unbreakable.
What would it take to break your encryption?
Richard- Laughing gestures to Robert and says “After you”
Given the math below and using an extremely strong (the strongest is open-ended) pattern, we can use the following values to answer this question.
I. Current super computer: 19 petaflops or 19 x 1015 operations per second;
II. 10 keys of 64KB: thus 10 keys of 524,288 bits for a total of 5,242,880 bits;
III. A pattern key of 16 passes thus raising the possible combinations to 5,242,880 x 1016 (yes, the numbers begin to get ridiculous).
1) The above gives us a number of combinations of 3.259 x 10107.
2) So, we now have the following:
3) The number of possible combinations
4) 3.259257562135177738029513101455 x 10107
5) The number of operations per second of the fastest supercomputer = 19,000,000,000,000,000 or 19 x 1015 operations per second
7) Given the above, we divide the number of combinations by the number of operations per second to give us the total number of seconds it would take to break the above designed key set:
8) 3.259257562135177738029513101455 x 10107 possible combinations / 19,000,000,000,000,000 or 19 x 1015 operations per second = 1.7153987169132514410681647902395 x 1091 seconds.
9) That number of seconds is incomprehensible so let’s break it down:
10) There are 31,536,000,000 seconds in a millennia. So it would take 5.4394936482535877760913393906631 x 1080 millennia to break the key set. Let’s take this further.
11) The estimated age of the universe is 13.8 billion years, or 13,800,000,000. So it will take 2.079363222878102 x1070 times the age of the universe to break the key set.
12) A very long answer but the math is useful to see when I say that the encryption can’t be broken. Yes, sometime short of eternity it theoretically could be broken but for all intents and purposes, that’s long enough.
On second thought doesn’t sound simple at all.
For more information about Secure Channels Inc. go to www.securechannels.com
Secure Channels Inc., has created a paradigm shift within the technology industry. Secure Channels Inc. is a cybersecurity firm leveraging robust, state-of-the-art patented encryption technologies and authentication solutions compatible with every type of data available today. Fostering innovative disruptive technologies while still being user defined has become a cornerstone for Secure Channels. Developing patented unique processes to harden encryption and envelop resources in such a way as to render the data unbreakable and useless to the hacker, leaving them with only bits and bytes. By using its Proximity Technologies and securing data through IoT Devices, Secure Channels will be delivering real time analytics, payment processing, and data collection to any mobile platform or device. Secure Channels provides impenetrable cybersecurity far in excess of any existing encryption systems available, you would have to go to the future to find such security and Secure Channels would already be there.