Your internet security is, essentially, backwards. And hackers know it.
Existing channels (e.g. SSL/TLS) are built to connect and then authenticate. This is like letting a stranger into your house and then asking for ID.
Because of the "connect first" strategy, your connectivity is only truly protected by a patchwork combination of traditional identity and authentication solutions. Think about all the effort required to integrate solutions such as voice, retina, fingerprints, SMS and OTPs, hard tokens, and challenge questions. Each approach is independent of the channel it's using. Each can and have been hacked.
To make matters worse, as these patchwork credentials move through your network, multiple tools and layers and paths are used, each of which is distinct and relatively uncoordinated with the others. Authentication of the user, the security of the channel, and access to application processes are all separate actions. Each handoff creates a gap for hackers and a vulnerability for your network.
REL-ID flips today's channel model on its head. We are able to authenticate before connecting by using a relationship-based identity. Each side only has half of the information to authenticate, and each relationship is unique.
In real life, you would only open your door for people you can recognize and have an existing relationship with. In the same way, REL-ID won't let strangers into your network without first verifying an established trusted relationship. For your business, that means no request will touch your network without first establishing that it comes from an approved user, with an approved app, on an approved device. Hacks from connectivity paths are eliminated. REL-ID marries the best continuous authentication solutions with Software Defined Perimeter technology to deliver the most secure method of connecting your customers to you, all at IoT scale.
By expanding the elements REL-ID's innovative protocol, Uniken is building a family of products that will bring this new, more secure connectivity model from the clientside mobile app environment all the way to the server-to-server connections that drive the heart of your business. Our family of products is designed to provide secure, authenticated, and encrypted "trusted zones" of application connectivity. These zones surgically narrow the paths to only the applications the user or process should have access to, creating true app-to-app security. REL-ID just makes sense.
REL-ID is a safe, simple, and scalable security platform that, for the first-time, tightly integrates your identity, authentication, and channel security. By combining strong, "relationship" identities with our patented protocol, secure, continuously authenticated application channels can be established with blazing speed and at IoT scale. This powerful omni-channel technology enables a phenomenal user-experience with every authorization and login while dramatically reducing your attack surface.How does REL-ID work?
REL-ID (short for "RELationship-IDentity") starts with elements of the existing model of absolute identities and super-charges them. REL-ID first establishes a unique device identity, overlays an application identity, and then binds any set of absolute user-credentials (username, voice, retina, fingerprint, etc.). It also takes the device, application, and access identities at the server side of the connection and binds all of those difficult-to-spoof, mutual factors into a unique combination. This shared/mutual/relationship identity, containing elements from both the user and the enterprise, is then split. Each side of the connection is responsible for part of the identity, but neither ever has full knowledge. Like writing down a note and then tearing it in half, it is impossible to recreate that tear and to guess perfectly all the contents of the half you don't posess.
The mathematics of the "relationship identity" (torn-note) is a true 1:1 relationship. Because of the 1:1 nature of the relationship, the two halves from the basis of our very strong key-exchange and subsequent continuously authenticated encrypted channel. By moving the key-exchange into the application layer at both ends, we keep decryption as close to the responsible parties as possible. Rather than connecting devices-to-networks, REL-ID connects apps-to-apps! You can post all of your usernames and passwords to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and still be safe with REL-ID. We make the compromise of user credentials irrelevant and eliminate unauthorized entry.
If you showed an iphone to a teenager in 1977, they'd think it was magic. So we're not surpised when prospective customers and critics are incredulous about the power of REL-ID. A generational leap in technology like REL-ID looks like magic - in fact, the last time someone innovated as deeply in the security stack as we did was 1977.
But it's not magic: we are real. We have 2 U.S. patents and have had some of the world's best cryptographers and security specialists in banking and the military review our product. Almost all become customers after seeing it in action.
Much of the communication on the web today is based off of the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange (DHE). REL-ID is an advancement on DHE. So compelling was the innovation that Dr. Whitfield Diffie has joined our team as our Chief Science Officer.
Many in the cryptography community refuse to use any unpublished crypto. And so do we. Thankfully, REL-ID does not create any new crypto. It is an integration and enhancement of the identity model and key exchange only. We support all industry standard cryptography (AES, etc.). We will soon publish the first version of our key-exchange, once our second version is out of R&D. We know that Relative Mutual Authentication and Key Exchange (RMAK) will become an industry standard protocol within the next 3 years.
REL-ID is a family of products, all of which use our embedable SDK as part of their communications strategy. The core of REL-ID is built in endian-neutral ANSI-C, making it easily deployable and portable to almost any operating system. Because of the nature of our device-fingerprinting process, the SDK must be wrapped in a device-specific binary for each operating system. Currently we support Windows, OSX, Linux, iOS, and Android. All of these platforms connect through the SDK to our edge-server, a horizontally scalable soft-appliance that can be deployed on premise or in the cloud. Unlike many security solutions on the market, Uniken never touches your connections - our edge-server appliance is entirely in your control.
In order to demonstrate the power of REL-ID, the Uniken team has built several turn-key solutions across multiple device types. Each of these "packaged" offerings is a whitelabel solution that uses REL-ID at its core. These packages are provided to REL-ID customers as both a reference application for developers, as well as a turn-key deployment solution or pilot-ready test offering.
The Uniken team is also currently building support plugins for many hybrid frameworks and IDEs such as Xamarin, Cordova, React-Native, etc.Find out more about our offerings...
The REL-ID API-SDK available as a C library. All other implementations use this with wrappers or raw. The code base is common across all agents.
The REL-ID gateway server, with 4 unique runtime components, each individually scalable. The REL-IDgateway is delivered as a soft appliance.
The REL-IDcore wrapped in a mobile app. This mobile agent provides a base HTML/CSS/JS framework for UI/UX while maintaining the security of REL-ID.
The REL-ID authentication and verification solution, bringing mobile, in-band verification and scalable risk assessment. REL-IDverify is ideal for logins from untrusted computers and 100% transaction verification/non-repudiation.
The REL-IDcore wrapped in a desktop installable. This desktop agent provides a base HTML/CSS/JS framework for UI/UX while maintaining the security of REL-ID.