• Richard Blech

Meeting Today's Challenges with WAN-SOCKET



WAN-SOCKET FULFILLS NEED FOR END-TO-END ENCRYPTION


Being able to leverage a global network or the internet to improve operations or processes is a competition differentiator. An organization’s global network should be able to handle the workloads and intricacies of the latest digital innovations. However, if it is not secure, a network is a burden. The data that travels within a network has to be secure at and between all endpoints, or the organization and its assets are at risk.


As an increasing number of services transition to the cloud and more devices are able to communicate via IoT, encrypting the data that moves throughout a global network is essential. Encryption and cryptography service providers have to continue to develop and refine solutions that address the unique challenges created by continued digital transformation.


XSOC Corp’s WAN-SOCKET is a cryptographic key-exchange mechanism that provides a crucial component to an effective cybersecurity plan: end-to-end encryption for internet and global networks. Even while end-to-end encryption is currently at the center of the right to privacy vs. law enforcement and intelligence services discourse, the technology continues to be an essential part of ensuring data security.

THE NEED FOR ENHANCED DATA ENCRYPTION IS GROWING


Consider the growing demand for 5G industrial IIoT, a market that is expected to grow from $500 million in 2020 to $15.7 billion in 2026. The industrial sector has been no stranger to cyberattacks; in fact, control systems and operational technologies have become a popular target of hackers. With the rollout of the 5G network, there is considerable cause for alarm as research shows that there are vulnerabilities within the 5G network architecture could allow attackers to conduct Denial of Service (DDoS) and remote Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks.


It’s not just the industrial sector; enterprises from all sectors continue to be at risk. The number of DDoS attacks has been increasing. In the first quarter of 2021, threat actors conducted an estimated 2.9 million DDoS attacks, a surge of 31% compared to the same period in 2020. MITM attacks are just as prevalent. In fact, the results of a survey of IT security professionals around the world indicate that MITM attacks were one of their top cyber-risks globally.

WAN-SOCKET END-TO-END ENCRYPTION HANDLES NEW CHALLENGES


End-to-end encryption secures data before it is sent and permits decryption only after the data has arrived at the intended recipient. Even the provider of the encryption is unable to access the key that decrypts the data. This is one of the advantages of WAN-SOCKET. What sets it apart from other end-to-end encryption options is its use of true double-blind key exchanges backed by Distributed Hash Table technology that generate postquantum secure, 512-bit or greater encryption strength that is impossible to disable.

CONVENTIONAL DATA ENCRYPTION SOLUTIONS FALL SHORT


The processes used for encryption matter, and security professionals should refrain from relying on legacy methods (and tools) that are unable to provide sufficient protection against the current waves of cyberattacks.


Modern encryption and cryptography technology solutions have to be designed for modern devices and use cases. Organizations also have to choose the right data security solution and apply it where it will be most suited to address cybersecurity threats.


Alternatives to using end-to-end encryption include:

  • Sending the data in clear text using no encryption at all, or

  • Encrypting-in-transit, which protects the data during transmission, but not at the point at which it is at a server, creating a point of vulnerability

For global network scenarios, even the PKI infrastructure, which has been used for securing networks, websites and VPNs, cannot be relied upon. SSL/TLS protocol, popular with many data platforms and email providers, provides only partial protection, protecting the data only while it is being transmitted between applications or users. When the data is at rest, it is not protected.


WAN-SOCKET, on the other hand, provides a layer of end-to-end encryption. Whether the data is in the form of a file, email, email attachment, video or being transmitted from an IoT device, nothing is unencrypted until it reaches the recipient. WAN-SOCKET-protected networks have no single point of failure, making them inherently impervious to MITM and DDoS attacks.


THE XSOC CORP SOLUTION FOR GLOBAL END-TO-END ENCRYPTION


WAN-SOCKET’s end-to-end encryption for worldwide network traffic is one of the most effective solutions for helping ensure that data is protected. IT security decisions made now will impact an organization’s IT systems for years. Contact us at XSOC Corp to learn how all of our offerings can help your organization meet the challenges of modern data security.