Homomorphic Encryption by IBM

Are you still not sure where to keep your data safe and private  yet easy to access ? Here is what IBM have to  give you!…

Fear redefines security in every era. Huts began to have doors when people began to worry about their privacy. And forts began to have moats when kings started invading. Banks began to have passwords, homes began to have locks, phones and computers began to have pass-codes and slowly security became a basic amenity, an all-pervading necessity. But still security and privacy continue to be a serious concerns for everybody.

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We humans have a tendency of being insecure. The increase in number of leaks and cyber crime has increased our concern towards privacy, even from places and sites where we store our data like cloud etc.

Now you want to store your data on the internet (take cloud for instance ), so that you can get access to it at your convenience. But you want your data to remain private, even from the server that is storing them, so you store your data in encrypted form. Now when you need to perform some operation on a strong encrypted database stored on the cloud, your server can not decrypt the data and letting your computer to assume the burden of decrypting and searching the database.

On the other hand , if you let the server decrypt the message by sharing the key , security and privacy are compromised .

IBM came out with a solution to this problem!! Their ”FULLY HOMOMORPHIC ENCRYPTION“ offers a way for servers (cloud ones ) to take encrypted data from users, process it and send back an encrypted result all without decrypting the data first. The first result related to homomorphic encryption were revealed by IBM researcher CRAIG GENTRY in 2009!

About the Author: Sarvesh Chaturvedi is a pursuing his BTech in Electronics at BVP Pune. He hails from Bhopal and is an editor at Leo club, Pune. You can contact him on twitter @sarvesh5nov and on Facebook here.

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