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The digital currency Bitcoin caught the Pentagon’s eyes as a potential cybersecurity shield. The US military has been open about their interest in Blockchain technology, that powers the Bitcoin system, so it’s no surprise that they may soon develop their own applications.
According to cointelegraph.com, US defense analysts have previously pointed out the growing threats to the country’s national security that target national security decision-makers and critical infrastructure.
In an effort to withstand such threats, the Pentagon has begun experimenting with Blockchain.
The key to Blockchain’s security, according to washingtontimes.com, is that any changes made to the database are immediately sent to all users to create a secure, established record. With copies of the data in all users’ hands — even if some users are hacked — the overall database remains safe.
The technology is potentially useful for protecting military technology, communications, and purchases. It’s design and structure may increase the security of the entire US military, across all departments and units. Blockchain could prevent hackers and terrorists from attacking military networks, including connected vehicles, aircraft and satellites.
The engineers of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are currently experimenting with Blockchain to create a messaging service that is secure and impenetrable to foreign attacks. This service will be tested internally first, but if it holds up, may find its way onto the battlefield soon.
DARPA has asked the public to submit proposals on the best ways to put the service into action. DARPA is seeking to create a code that will prevent hackers from breaking into secure databases.
DARPA is not the only government agency that has taken notice of Blockchain technology and its possible use in the public services. In fact, various subsidiaries and units of the government have been eyeing the technology in optimizing existing processes, including the US Navy and various federal agencies.