Understanding the Power of ZenithVault Oct 14,2013


Standard Data Storage Architecture In Analogy With Storing Physical Money

Let’s consider a parallel between data and money. Your data actually translates to money I might add.


How do people keep their money safe?


One might put them in a wallet (SQL/NoSQL DB). Not very safe… yet. They put the wallet in a strong box (Encryption). That seems safe… right? It turns out it’s not safe enough. The strongbox can still be stolen as a whole, or rendered useless by inside operators (staff) who know the combination.
OK… let’s add some security layers over the strong box. Let’s bury it deep underground (Firewall). That all sounds clever, but would only delay the theft until someone with enough resources starts searching and digging.
Let’s add a concrete parking lot over the site (Security and Authentication Layers)… surely that would keep anyone from reaching it! True… until a flaw in the design is discovered (Exploit). There have been instances of impressive bank/train, museum heists, etc. and a simple Google search will reveal hundreds of data leakage examples from small and large corporate businesses who thought their system was good enough to keep hackers out.

ZenithVault illustrated analogy

How ZenithVault stores data, illustrated in analogy with real money being stripped to basic components.


So what approach can possibly be safer than that?


Let’s change the way we look at money (data) for a moment. Let’s render money useless, in such a way that only we can recover its value. Let’s break money into its constituent parts: paper, ink and design template. If we have all of these parts, we should be able to re-assemble usable notes. If just one of these items is missing, there is no way we can recover our money and neither can thieves.
Let’s store these parts individually, for each note, in small strong-boxes, each having its own combination, scattered into multiple parking-lot covered holes. Let’s go nuts with security and dig some of the holes in clay, some in limestone and others in sand. The parking lots can be made of concrete, asphalt or rock pavement. Each combination offers different vulnerabilities and a thief would have to know them all simultaneously just to get a bunch of small strong-boxes which would take ages to separately crack, to get some worthless components he’d then have to piece back together without any instructions. Even speaking in such long phrases is daunting… just imagine the effort required to steal money from such a system.

While this would be impractical for physical money, it is a real and feasible solution for digital data. A solution that only ZenithSecure was able to implement, test and deploy. ZenithVault is literally the next standard in safe data storage systems.