In 2016, USA-based 7Tunnels, Inc. assembled a team of US-based engineers with two goals in mind: create a key management and encryption solution to eliminate today’s cyberthreats and prepare for the quantum era. 7Tunnels successfully developed next generation technologies capable of deterring, preempting, and defeating malicious cyber activity targeting the data transfer and communications of government, critical infrastructure, and commercial entities.
7Tunnels patented technology is a digital (and highly efficient) version of the one-time pad (OTP) system invented in 1882 and widely used during World War II and mathematically proven to be unbreakable when used correctly. The sender and receiver of a message use a pre-shared key to encrypt and decrypt the message, after which the key is destroyed. During WWII, those keys were printed on actual paper pads, hence the name “one-time pad.” Advancing the OTP concept, 7Tunnels achievements can be summed up as follows:
- In cybersecurity, the biggest imminent threat is Quantum Computing, which will defeat the cryptography we are using today, exposing untold proprietary and classified information
- 7Tunnels engineers have developed next generation key distribution management and superior encryption technologies to significantly mitigate the quantum computing threat
- 7Tunnels has developed its cryptography to protect digital networks including the internet and private corporate networks
- 7Tunnels has created fully functioning, mission-ready products that are currently in use by Fortune 500 customers. These products demonstrate the ease of use and viability of the technology
- 7Tunnels patented technologies can be applied to software and hardware systems, creating a wide variety of possible products and services
- 7Tunnels’ IP is a game changing advantage for tech leaders and defense contractors as they wage war on cybercrime and cyber espionage
In times of great technological threats, only those with vision and appropriate countermeasures will survive and win. Cybersecurity companies incorrectly claim their “defensive,” mathematical-based products are quantum-secure. Quantum computing power is forecast to break all existing mathematical-based encryption solutions. Contemporary cryptography is based upon hard-to-solve mathematics rather than truly random translation. Public Key Infrastructure will crumble providing no Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) key confidentiality. Recognizing this threat has been the driving factor for the team at 7Tunnels.
The two main forms of digital encryption used today are symmetric (shared secret key) and asymmetric (public key). Most online communications involve a combination of the two: asymmetric encryption to securely share a secret key and symmetric encryption using that shared secret key to encode the data sent.
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric block cipher algorithm used as the standard by the U.S. Government. Rivest–Shamir–Adleman (RSA) and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) are the primary asymmetric encryption standard. While the mathematical-based algorithms powering both AES and RSA are largely impervious to brute force attacks from classical computers, the rapid advent of quantum computers threatens the security of all these standards.
The key to future data security is protecting data today against the threat of quantum computers. 7Tunnels has engineered its key management and encryption technologies to ensure that even quantum computing advancements will not render any usable information from today’s 7Tunnels encrypted data.
As an innovation lab, 7Tunnels’ approach was to accelerate development, market testing, and evaluation cycles to produce mission ready technologies. 7Tunnels’ strategy from the start was to create working products to demonstrate the technology, deploy samples to select, high-profile users, and ultimately sell this technology, thus fast-tracking broader-scale, cross-domain deployment.
According to a 2019 report from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), “If largescale quantum computers are ever built, they will be able to break the public-key cryptosystems currently standardized by NIST, which consist of digital signatures and key-establishment schemes.” (NISTIR 8240, 2019). The Random Cypher Pad (RCP) schemes used by 7Tunnels are considered a symmetric-key cryptosystem under this definition.
7Tunnels technology is not based on mathematical algorithms. Our digital implementation of the proven, secure one-time pad cryptography method is a quantum-secure solution. This amounts to a “changing of the encryption guard.”
Validated by an evaluation from Georgia Tech computer scientists, user feedback, and current deployment at DuPont, 7Tunnels technologies are ready for mass deployment. According to Drs. Prvulovic and Zajic, professors at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing:
Based on our expertise in encryption technologies, research experience with attacks on cryptographic implementations, and a review of the 7Tunnels technology, we conclude that 7Tunnels correctly deploys the OTP cipher technology, in a way that has been proven to be absolutely secure in the information-theoretic sense, i.e. the encrypted data remains secure regardless of future algorithmic and/or computer hardware developments. Additionally, compared to traditional ciphers, the OTP-based 7Tunnels technology improves security against scenarios where the attacker obtains the encryption key by other means, e.g. accidental disclosure, the victim is persuaded or compelled to provide encryptions keys, etc.
Privacy and Security for a Post-Quantum World
7Tunnels has the opportunity to solve a key element of the worldwide cybersecurity crisis. Executed effectively, our unique approach makes 7Tunnels the most secure encryption currently available for any business, government, or personal communications application requiring absolute security.
We are committed to hiring superior talent, providing expert knowledge and executing at the highest level.
Our board, executives and key personnel share ownership in 7Tunnels along with our investors. As individuals and collectively as a company, we strive for quality, performance and dedication in the pursuit of true data security, customer confidentiality and market confidence.
David WienerChairman and CEO
David is an internationally recognized serial entrepreneur, designer, engineer, and expert in marketing and branding. He has built successful companies in industries ranging from electronics and automotive to fashion and sport. He has created iconic technologies, products, vehicles, and brands for Ferrari, U.S. Ski Team, Columbia Sportswear, Ben & Jerry’s, Nike and Porsche. He was the subject of the PBS documentary, “Human Power,” about his work engineering and designing high-speed vehicles, and his products have been sold around the world under the David Wiener Ventures, DWV Entertainment, DW Collection, Landspeeder, Soundtube and Aphex brands.
David Wiener - Chairman and CEO
John AverillVP of Business Development
A three-decade veteran of the aviation insurance business, John has deep knowledge and experience related to both private and corporate aerospace, as well as defense and environmental contracting. He has experience working for leaders including AIG, Gulf Insurance Group (a division of Citigroup), Aon Aviation and IOA. He has a thorough knowledge of aircraft operations and has designed risk management and analysis programs for all sectors of the aerospace industry. He is a former Vice Chairman of the NBAA Insurance Committee and is a frequent guest speaker at both NBAA and Risk and Insurance Management Society meetings.
John Averill - VP of Business Development
Mike HammonCo-Founder & Senior Engineer
Mike worked for defense contractors and financial organizations on communications, DOD (communications and Crypto Center), telemetry and tracking system development. Mike’s innovations include: aerospace engineering for the U.S. Army and Air Force, ICBM and ABM projects, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Tomahawk cruise missile systems. Mike was lead engineer on the first satellite ground systems and comms upgrades for the Kwajalein Missile Range (U.S. Army) and was Pacific Defense Communications Manager (U.S. Army) during the Vietnam conflict. He developed an automated pseudo-arbitrage trading algorithm for the financial industry and the real-time Huffman decoder. Mike was also Assistant Director of Software Quality Assurance for Ernst & Young LLP.
Mike Hammon - Co-Founder & Senior Engineer
Ed Dolanski retired in 2019 as President of Boeing’s $8B U.S. Government Services business unit, the largest performance-based logistics contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to this, Ed was President of Global Services & Support within Defense, Space & Security, leading a team of 13,000+ employees in 295 locations. Before this assignment, he was President and CEO of Aviall, a $4.3B Boeing subsidiary. Prior to Boeing, Ed served at Raytheon as Vice President, Mission Support, Network Centric Systems; Vice President, Aftermarket Businesses and Customer Support, Raytheon Aircraft Company (Hawker & Beechcraft); and Chief Information Officer, Aircraft Integration Systems. Ed’s experience also includes 14 years with Walmart corporate in information technology and supply chain management. Ed is a member of Business Executives for National Security, the Texas Diversity Council board of directors and has been recognized with several diversity awards including DiversityFIRST and CEO Champions of Diversity.
With 24 years of successful experience in the broader media and telecommunications sector, including consulting, financial, strategic and operational leadership roles, Landel brings vast knowledge of a market critical to 7Tunnels. As the former CFO and COO of Time-Warner and SVP at Turner Broadcasting, Landel’s business expertise and contacts reinforce the efforts of the 7Tunnels Advisory Board. Landel’s current activities in the investment world also provide important experience to support 7Tunnels’ growing business and new technology developments.
Chuck spent 30 years in engineering research and development with the Hewlett-Packard company, including five years as the Corporate Engineering Director. He holds multiple patents, is the author of numerous articles and books, and is the recipient of technical acknowledgments and awards including: Engineer of the year, 1977; Computer Design Hall of Fame, 1982; Top fifty electronics inventions of the 20th century, 2001; Top 25 inventions for CNN’s first 25 years, 2002; IEEE Fellow, 1990; ACM Fellow, 2007. These roles developed Chuck’s engineering skills and perspective, which are helpful for 7Tunnels development efforts. Chuck chaired the ALPA investigations into airline pilot security after 9/11; served the Reagan administration on computer export rules for security; and today is an advisor to Zentera, a cloud security company.
Frank "Fuzzy” Furr
Frank is a former U.S. Air Force Officer with over 40 years of experience in management and operations in Air Force and civilian defense companies. As a former Vice President of Programs at L-3 Communication Systems West, he directed various secure communication programs providing real-time, actionable intelligence to war fighters, national command authorities, and intelligence agencies. In the military, Frank served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, J-3 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS), and various command, leadership, and operational flying positions worldwide. A USAF Command Pilot, Frank has flown U-2, OV-10, F-102, T-33, T-37 and T-38 aircraft and has flown more than 1,300 combat hours.
Frank "Fuzzy” Furr
David has 30+ years of experience in business, politics, law and public affairs. He was former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson and a former staffer for U.S. Senator Jim Allen. Upon leaving Capitol Hill, David oversaw the aviation, antitrust, telecommunications, and information technology practice group as SVP of the public affairs firm, Powell Tate. In 1999, he left Powell Tate to develop a government relations practice built around helping businesses interact with federal and state governments. In 2005, The Hill named David one of the top Homeland Security lobbyists in Washington, D.C. He established and currently serves as the moderator of The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable and is a frequent contributor to Security Debrief, a homeland security blog.
Tom has over 40 years of combined Army and Government Civilian service. A retired Army Military Intelligence colonel with extensive conventional and special operations intelligence experience, he also served in multiple Senior Executive Service positions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Counterintelligence Field Activity, and Headquarters Department of the Army, where he served for six years as principal deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2). In this capacity, Tom was responsible for overseeing Army intelligence planning, programming and budgeting; intelligence operations; intelligence studies, architectures, and Army civilian intelligence personnel programs. He was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2013 and was inducted into the Army Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame in 2015.
Ken is a specialist in big data analytics and its application to solving issues of terrorism, insurgency, geopolitical instability and regional conflict. An entrepreneur, intelligence professional and former Navy Special Operations Officer (bomb disposal), and a noted authority on counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction analysis, Ken authored the 1997 book Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, testified before the Senate on WMD terrorism issues, and has provided expert witness testimony in the prosecution of international terrorist operatives. Ken is the recipient of numerous U.S. Intelligence Community and military awards for contributions made in support of National Security.
Norm provides 7Tunnels executive expertise in resource planning, international engagement, interagency collaboration, and joint military operations. Norm’s defense industry accomplishments include coauthoring a precision munitions review, guiding electronic warfare discussions with an ally’s military leaders, and mentoring foreign forces on counterterrorism strategies. During 31 years of service as an Air Force officer Norm led organizations of up to 19,000 people in the special operations force. His joint assignments included the Joint Staff, Joint Special Operations Command, and command of Special Operations Command Pacific. A command pilot with over 4,000 flying hours, he led development of a five-year, $18B investment plan for Air Force special operations capabilities. Norm retired from the military as a Major General and Vice Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command.
Glenn retired from the CIA in 2019, where his last position was Chief of Technology and Tradecraft for the Directorate of Operations. Glenn served in multiple assignments abroad, including three times as Chief of Station. He also served in the Department of State and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Prior to joining government, he held positions at the University of Memphis and the University of Georgia. His current professional interests focus on the commercial and national security and implications of big data and ubiquitous technical surveillance. Glenn currently serves as Vice President for Risk at Ridgeline International and focuses on the commercial implications of big data and ubiquitous technical surveillance.
Pierre Bourgeix, MS, MA, MBA, CPP
CTO and Founder of ESI Convergent, LLC., Pierre has spent 30 years as a global security consultant and innovator through his experience with the Rand Corporation, the US State Department, ADT/Tyco Security, HySecurity, Wallace International, SecureState and Boon Edam. Pierre’s primary expertise is Physical and Cyber Security Governance, working with the US Secret Service, the NSA and the CIA. Pierre is a highly regarded thought leader in the convergence of IT, OT, and Physical Security and is a renowned expert in the integration of converged technology platforms, ranging from large manufacturers to utility companies. He is presently involved in creating security standards for the testing of products, systems, and solutions.