Whitewood Introduces netRandom, a System for the Network Delivery of True Random Numbers in Data Centers or Across Distributed Applications

The new product line addresses concerns over the lack of true randomness in key generation and crypto operations.

BOSTON--()--Whitewood, a provider of crypto-security solutions, today launched netRandom™, a suite of products that transforms the way high-quality true random numbers are accessed across the traditional datacenter, cloud, mobile and embedded systems.

The new product addresses a potential weakness in today’s crypto-security systems. It gives enterprise security teams, cloud/hosting providers and security product vendors the opportunity to move beyond the current ad-hoc methods of generating random numbers. Today, the quality of random numbers, and therefore the security of the crypto-systems that use them, is dependent on individual host machines and their local environment, leading to inconsistency and doubt.

Random number generation, a fundamental process that underlies every cryptographic application in use today, is typically performed by deterministic software processes within the operating system. These otherwise predictable outputs are randomized by capturing noise or other unpredictable events from the local environment. However, the degree to which these sources of randomness are truly unpredictable and random varies enormously and is notoriously difficult to measure. With the widespread adoption of virtualization, migration to cloud computing, as well as the potential for the Internet of Things (IoT), the challenge of capturing enough high-quality randomness to generate sufficient true random numbers becomes more severe. This creates many potential points of attack and breaches.

“Whitewood netRandom makes it easy to boost existing random number services across a wide variety of platforms and applications, making true random numbers a broadly available resource to distributed applications," said Richard Moulds, Vice President of Strategy of Whitewood. “Making truly random numbers is surprisingly difficult but is only part of any solution. Real value comes from the ability to ensure that they are accessible to applications, at the right place, and right time with little or no modification. Ensuring that crypto applications have access to true random numbers is a standard of due care and with netRandom, Whitewood now makes this a practical objective.”

Whitewood’s netRandom product consists of two components: the netRandom Client and the netRandom Server. Applications or IoT devices can use the netRandom Client to request secure delivery of true random numbers over the network from a shared and central netRandom Server.

Alternatively, the netRandom Client can request random numbers over the network and feed them as true random seeds into the local operating system entropy pool. This latter approach helps to ensure that existing random number services such as Linux dev/urandom and dev/random deliver the highest quality random numbers without the risk of blocking — benefiting existing applications that are now assured to receive true random numbers without the need for modification.

The netRandom system:

  • Offers access to high-quality random numbers across an entire application infrastructure
  • Establishes an in-house random number service capability to supply internal and external requirements
  • Provides secure network delivery, protecting against eavesdropping and manipulation
  • Enables applications to use existing operating system services such as dev/urandom and dev/random with confidence
  • Removes dependency on hardware platforms and local environment for entropy generation
  • Incorporates the Whitewood Entropy Engine™, a quantum-powered random number generator (QRNG) as a core component of the netRandom Server

Whitewood’s netRandom system, as well as its flagship Entropy Engine, will be on display at booth 4915 at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco (February 29 - March 4). For more information, visit www.whitewoodencryption.com or email info@whitewoodencryption.com.

About Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc.
Whitewood® is addressing one of the most fundamental challenges associated with all modern cryptosystems – random number generation and distribution. Whitewood’s products exploit quantum mechanics to meet demand for high-quality entropy used for random data and key generation at scale. Building upon a base of quantum cryptography capabilities developed over the course of the past two decades at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Whitewood addresses operational vulnerabilities in encryption and crypto applications across the datacenter, cloud and in mobile and embedded systems. More information on Whitewood can be found at: www.whitewoodencryption.com. The company is a subsidiary of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM).

About Allied Minds
Allied Minds is an innovative U.S. science and technology development and commercialization company. Operating since 2006, Allied Minds forms, funds, manages and builds products and businesses based on innovative technologies developed at leading U.S. universities and federal research institutions. Allied Minds serves as a diversified holding company that supports its businesses and product development with capital, central management and shared services. More information about the Boston-based company can be found at www.alliedminds.com.

Allied Minds Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains statements that are or may be forward-looking statements, including statements that relate to the company’s future prospects, developments and strategies. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from current expectations, including, but not limited to, those risk and uncertainties described in the risk factors included in the company’s regulatory filings. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions regarding the present and future business strategies of the company and the environment in which it will operate in the future. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as at the date of this press release. Except as required by law, regulatory requirement, the Listing Rules and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, neither the company nor any other party intends to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


ArcPoint Strategic Communications
Christine Dunn, 617-484-1660 x101

Release Summary

Whitewood launched netRandom™, a suite of products that transforms the way high-quality true random numbers are accessed across datacenter, cloud, mobile and embedded systems.


ArcPoint Strategic Communications
Christine Dunn, 617-484-1660 x101