- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is reportedly funding a project to explore whether or not blockchain technology could be used to help secure highly sensitive data, according to Quartz.
- Timothy Booher, the program manager behind the DARPA project, said potential applications of blockchain could include securing nuclear weapons or military satellites.
- Blockchain technology is used for record-keeping in a growing number of industries, including education, banking and financial services.
If the Defense Department is looking to implement blockchain, other organizations may quickly follow suit. Blockchain technology helps guarantee that information has a timestamp and recorded whenever any change happens, ensuring data can be trusted in real time. In DARPA’s case, blockchain technology could help track attempted data breaches.
"Whenever weapons are employed … it tends to be a place where data integrity in general is incredibly important," Booher said. "So nuclear command and control, satellite command and control, command and control in general, [information integrity] is very important."
In September, DARPA awarded a $1.8 million contract to computer security firm Galois, asking it to verify a specific type of blockchain technology from a company called Guardtime. If the verification goes well, the military could become one of a growing number of industries and institutions using blockchain to help ensure the security of their operations.