The Department of Homeland Security has
invested $143,000 into developing a compatibility standard for the division’s
different blockchain and data formats spread across the agency. Danube Tech
GmbH was awarded the contract to create a standard the division could roll out
to all of its innovation centers. The aim of these technological innovations is
primarily to aid in the agency’s ability to deal with counterfeiting and forgery.
Cross-Departmental Standards Needed
The press release states that US
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Transport Security Administration, and US
Customs and Border Protection all have data that can be secured through the use
of a blockchain. These agencies are the administrators for data, including
supply chain security, immigration status, and employment eligibility across
the US. By using a blockchain, agencies can issue digital credentials which
would be practically impossible to duplicate or forge.
The current DHS systems have heavy
paper-usage and are outdated compared with methods used by other enforcement
agencies. Danube Tech has the task of developing a system that integrates the
blockchain capabilities and other data collection and storage systems from
these departments unto something the DHS can use through an embedded API. The
aim is to have a system that the DHS and all the issuing agencies can use to
verify issues licenses or credentials.
Blockchain For Data Security
The system of distributed ledgering that
the blockchain system is built upon is useful for issuing expirable
credentials. Blockchains support something called a ‘smart contract’ that
allows the automatic revocation of a license after a certain time arrives and
prerequisites to renew the credentials are not met. Thanks to the use of
multiple nodes to keep the data current, it is nearly impossible for a
malicious user to manipulate the data. Since these nodes will be spread around
numerous agencies, the difficulty increases exponentially. The DHS is finally
catching up the twenty-first century in a big way by pushing for the adoption
of this emergent technology.