This interview is part of our new Blockchain In Cybersecurity series, where we interview the world's leading thought leaders on the front lines of the intersections between blockchain and cybersecurity.
In this interview we speak with Mike Burshteyn, CEO and founder of CryptoMove, to understand how his company can secure keys for blockchain, and what the future of the industry holds.
1. What’s the story behind CryptoMove? Why and how did you begin?
MB: CryptoMove began with the underlying philosophy that data is safer when it’s always on the move. Current approaches to data protection use stationary data at rest. This grants attackers an extraordinary advantage to carefully study data and prepare the perfect attack. We developed our solution and underlying distributing programming language, Hello, for 5 years in stealth. For the last two years, CryptoMove’s been developing partnerships across the government and private sectors to make data a secure moving target.
CryptoMove’s solution is moving target defense. Our moving target defense platform fragments and randomly assembles data in novel, constantly changing configurations. This makes attacks harder to plan and builds back-end resilience because even if attackers exfiltrate data, they are unable to make sense of it.
2. Please describe your use case and how CryptoMove uses blockchain:
MB: While CryptoMove does not use blockchain, our moving target defense platform can secure keys for blockchain. CryptoMove’s platform provides unique value to blockchain users because protection increases alongside system complexity. Blockchain’s decentralized architecture increases potential entry points for attackers. Moving target defense transforms this into an advantage for defenders. As systems become more complex, the scope of fragmented data increases correspondingly through CryptoMove’s platform. This increases overall unpredictability and uncertainty for attackers. This advantage of moving target defense holds for users of non-blockchain, decentralized systems.
3. Could you share a specific customer/user that benefits from what you offer? What has your service done for them?
MB: CryptoMove works with the Department of Homeland Security to secure drone systems and with the Air Force to secure kubernetes. Drone infrastructure includes many entry points, expanding attack risks. CryptoMove's platform transforms this potential vulnerability into a security advantage because added nodes increase entropy created by moving target defense.
4. What other blockchain use cases in cybersecurity are you excited about?
MB: We’re excited to make key management more secure and efficient for blockchain. Difficulties managing keys are one of the biggest inhibitors to blockchain adoption. Even worse, lack of key management options leads to breaches and theft of critical secrets.
5. Where will CryptoMove be in five years?
MB: We hope to continue providing and improving our moving target defense platform. The governmental and economy-wide necessity of data security positions CryptoMove for strong growth. CryptoMove’s platform has already attracted users from hundreds of organizations including top finance, entertainment, health, and industrial companies across the Fortune 500 list.