[cryptography] Tigerspike claims world first with Karacell for mobile security

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Mon Dec 24 07:22:49 EST 2012

Has anyone had the privilege of looking at the "stronger than military
grade" [encryption] scheme?


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.

“We know that security is critical when it comes to enterprise
mobility, and are investing for the long term. Karacell will
revolutionise mobile security and encryption in general, also giving
our Phoenix platform a unique point of difference over other
enterprise mobility platforms.”

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)”.

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