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Why are random numbers so critical?

Security applications rely on random numbers. Anything less than true randomness introduces risk. But randomness is impossible to prove and the ability to generate true random numbers varies from instance to instance and device to device.

It’s tempting to take random numbers for granted but that would be a mistake.

Our reliance on cryptography continually raises the bar for generating true random numbers. Encryption, authentication and signing are the backbone of modern security architectures and their effectiveness depends on generating keys that are impossible to predict.

True confidence in your security systems can only come from a consistent supply of true random numbers across your entire application environment. From data center to cloud and out to the internet of things, It’s time to take control.

HOW WHITEWOOD CAN HELP

Virtually all random numbers are generated by the operating system. The problem is that software can’t generate true random numbers. Software is deterministic, pre-programmed, it relies on capturing entropy, natural randomness from the physical world to create unpredictability.

But as IT environments are virtualized, containerized, migrated to the cloud and pushed to the edge of an IoT network access to entropy can be severely reduced. Starved of entropy, keys become predictable and critical systems with valuable data become vulnerable.

Whitewood helps address the issue of entropy starvation. Our products are built on award winning technology that uses quantum mechanics to create pure entropy. We enable existing systems to generate true random numbers and drive assurance and consistency for security critical applications.

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