According to Tigerspike CEO, Luke Janssen, the amount of information being passed wirelessly is exploding around the world, and the key issue is that AES is slow and consumes a lot of power.
“Using AES in technology can slow things down dramatically, draining battery life and impacting performance. Frequently manufacturer's overcome these issues by avoiding encryption altogether, leaving data and critical technology exposed to hackers.
“To counter this, Tigerspike's Innovation Lab has created and registered a patent for a new encryption algorithm that is faster than anything on the market today.
Why is Karacell faster? Karacell, says Janssen, is designed for parallel computing. “AES was approved as a standard 12 years ago, when parallel computing was nascent and the Nokia 3310 was the best-selling mobile. Mobile phones now have four processors, and in future parallel processing will become more widespread.
According to Janssen, Karacell's design allows encryption to run across many processors yielding orders of magnitude faster than processing with AES or other encryption algorithms.
Karacell enables data encryption stronger than military grade with no latency, having critical implications for everything from medical devices to day to day communications. Previous video applications such as Skype can now be encrypted with critical information remaining confidential and secure.”
From medical devices to cars, information travelling from device to device in most cases is not encrypted, and this information is then left open to attack, with potential catastrophic results, according to Prof Kevin Fu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
“Medical devices are reaching a stage where there are problems, there are vulnerabilities but there is a perceived lack of threats.
Fu says that researchers have warned that medical device hack attacks may kill, highlighting the risks.
Janssen says that Tigerspike is tackling these threats and investing in “revolutionising mobile security by creating a new, more secure and faster encryption algorithm that outperforms AES in both strength and speed which has been independently verified.”
And, appropriately for this time of the year, Stuart Christmas, head of Future Technologies at Tigerspike, has the last word: “We have designed Karacell to have the ability to encrypt high-throughput video and sustain full-strength encryption on every frame, with no latency and immediate recovery from connection errors without introducing any additional delay (where AES is deficient)”.