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A Great Evening Focused on Privacy

We’re just starting to see the dust settle after hosting the first annual Penetralia Event and wanted to thank all the attendees for their attendance as well as the folks over at Silent Circle for co-hosting and making the evening so special. It is our hope that you had as much fun as we did and left feeling more understanding and passionate about privacy.

The event was intended to coincide with the first day of the RSA Conference in order to help further draw the important distinction between security on the one hand and privacy on the other. A physical way to explain this technical difference would be to think of your house or apartment:

Security relates to the lock on your door and/or your alarm system — the measures you put in place to keep out unwanted visitors or intruders.

Privacy represents the blinds on your windows. Most of us don’t like the idea of a passersby peering inside at all hours even if we aren’t doing anything of particular note. This is why we we draw the blinds.

Hence – it is through the existence of both security and privacy that we can fully enjoy peace of mind. And of course the same should exist in our digital / online lives as well.

To illustrate this point, we created ‘Secure’ and ‘Private’ boxes which were on display and available for attendees to experience. We invited people to step inside each box, feel the difference and ponder how the experience translated to putting their data in the cloud.

On Monday we also announced the launch of our newest product, Crypton. Penetralia attendees had the opportunity to see and discuss directly with the developers responsible for building this world’s first ‘Zero-Knowledge’ application framework. The level of interest was overwhelming and thus incredibly encouraging. We look forward to working with the community at large and supporting their efforts around various Crypton implementations.

For those who couldn’t attend, don’t you worry. Several privacy-focused companies asked how they could help sponsor our event next year. Penetralia 2014 is already in the works!