NICS Labs has been associated with NuCypher, a company based in Silicon Valley, since 2016 for the development of a decentralized key management system based on Ethereum, that offers cryptographically-enforced access control services. This system operates in a decentralized way and uses advanced cryptographic techniques developed by NICS, such as proxy re-encryption, threshold cryptography and zero-knowledge proofs, that securely embed access control functionality at the encryption level. The ultimate goal of this project is to create a basic infrastructure for the development of secure DApps (decentralized applications), which in turn will lead to numerous applications in many fields, such as fintech, identity management, and DRM.
From 2020 to 2023, NICS Lab will particpate in the NuCypher University Staking Program: https://blog.nucypher.com/university-staking-program/
- Mikhail Egorov, MacLane Scott Wilkison, David Núñez and Isaac Agudo, "High-performance access management and data protection for distributed messaging applications", filled in 2018-05-08, granted in 2020-02-25
- Mikhail Egorov, MacLane Scott Wilkison, David Núñez and Isaac Agudo, "Method and system for secure delegated access to encrypted data in big data computing clusters", filled in 2018-05-08, granted in 2020-03-03
- David Núñez, Isaac Agudo, Mikhail Egorov and MacLane Scott Wilkison, "Method and system for switching public keys in ciphertexts", filled in 2017-11-29, pending
- Mikhail Egorov, MacLane Scott Wilkison, David Núñez and Isaac Agudo, "Encryption for distributed storage and processing", filled in 2017-11-09, granted in 2020-06-23