Security firm Amag has published a paper outlining how it can access encrypted data stored on a secure server without leaving the computer, a feature previously unknown in the computer industry.
The technology, developed by a US-based security company called Cloudflare, can make the data inaccessible to anyone except those who have physically entered the server to access it.
Amag is also providing customers with an online form where they can ask for permission to access the data and give the company the authority to do so, allowing it to do the same to other data on the server, or even to retrieve the data remotely.
Amagi, which is part of the Cloudflares enterprise network, can also perform the same functionality on behalf of a customer.
Cloudflate’s website shows how to access encrypted information stored on the secure server.
AmAg has been developing the technology for about a year.
It was first proposed in 2014 by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, and was described in a 2013 Wired article by security expert Bruce Schneier as a “worldwide, distributed solution for securely storing encrypted information”.
Schneier also claimed that the technology could be used to bypass many security measures, including that of a central server, which means that the server itself could be compromised.
However, Schneier and Amagi have now confirmed the technology has been built into the CloudFlare cloud service, allowing customers to securely access encrypted web pages and email without leaving their computers.
In a blog post, the company said that, in some cases, customers can be left alone with their computers, enabling them to access their data even if they are logged out of the cloud service.
“We are not the only company working on this technology, however,” the company wrote.
“In addition to working with many of the largest and most innovative IT companies, Cloudflates core team includes researchers, software engineers, and others.
We are committed to the future of the industry and our customers.”
Cloudflare’s service allows customers to request a “cloud-wide” permission to see data stored in their server.
“The service can allow users to easily access and store encrypted data from a secure remote server on the company’s behalf, which allows us to do this even if the server is logged out,” the Cloud Flares blog post reads.
“Cloudflares Cloud Service has been in production since 2012, and it is currently used by over 50 million people globally.”
CloudFlare said it is “excited” about the technology and that customers can now access the encryption to any data on their own computers without leaving home.
“Our customers are the best customers in the world,” CloudFlares general manager of Cloud security Tom Vos said in a statement.
“By providing this technology to our customers, we are helping them to securely store and share sensitive data while away from their devices, and to get back to work when needed.”
Cloud Flares customers can access encryption by signing up for the service.
Users can also use the service to access data stored locally on the customer’s computer or even from a cloud service provider.
Cloudflashes Cloud Service will allow users the ability to access and read encrypted data.
The service, which offers a variety of different services, including file storage, cloud storage, and cloud services for enterprises, is available for free on the Cloudservices website.