Information Supply Chains

The inventors of the Internet weren't thinking about data at rest – they were thinking about how to exchange data in a decentralized network that would be resistant to nuclear attack. This has led to a model were the focus on security has been on data in motion, yet all data in motion starts and finishes as data at rest.  As such on today's Internet, data is not verifiable – there is no mechanism to verify the properties of data, and organizations rely on process and trusted insiders. There is no concept of an information supply chain where parties can verify the provenance of data as it moves across networks and organizational boundaries.

PKI has been the go to answer for the last 40 years,  however the complexity and cost of key management means that it is universally not used for data at rest.

Alphabill opens up a new approach to securing data at rest. Think of Alphabill as a censorship-resistant zero-trust machine that generates tokens, which when applied to data at rest allows anyone to verify the properties of data independently, without a centralized trust authority.  Instead of securing the channel and data in motion, we can secure the underlying data and build information supply chains, where anyone, anywhere, can receive data can independently verify its provenance all the way back to a genesis event.