Columbus, Ohio Firm Founded to Provide Quantum Resistance

Data security software firm growing amid pandemic

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+  Once data has been stored online, whether in a cloud-based file or exchanged via email, it may be vulnerable to hackers. Central Ohio company LockDown has developed a protective shield to guard against these attacks, both from modern technologies and, potentially, against the more sophisticated computers of the future.

At this stage, LockDown does not make any promises about whether it could withstand an attack from a quantum computer because quantum is not yet here. The technology is still in the research phase.

+  To protect sets of information, the encryption needs to be as difficult as possible to crack. Think of LockDown’s technology like a puzzle. “It’d be like taking your puzzle and shredding it into very small pieces. Then add a random set of other puzzles that have also been shredded,” Auld says. “Throw them all in the same area and then try to figure out which ones belong to your puzzle.

+  Founder and chief investor Randy Wilcox, a Columbus real estate developer, was inspired to launch LockDown after meeting the engineers who developed the encryption software. “These guys had figured out how to do encryption much better than anyone else. As quantum computing becomes available, all of the things encrypted with current technology could be broken. We think our product wouldn’t be included in that category.”

Source:  COLUMBUS CEO.  Eric Laviola,  Data security software firm growing amid pandemic…

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