Is there anything more fundamental to ensuring the smooth functioning of society than reliable property and inheritance rights? If you are going to store those records electronically the big question is of course how to ensure they are the right records and have not been altered by rogue insiders or cyber-attackers intent on mayhem?

"Electronic data is the globe’s next natural resource"

- Ginny Rommety CEO of IBM

Enter Estonian eGovernment innovation. Estonia has constantly ranked at the top of eGovernment and internet freedom rankings and the adoption of KSI (Keyless Signature Infrastructure) shows that they aren’t willing to sit on their laurels but to continuously look for ways to innovate and offer better services for less to their citizens.

How then to store electronic records for long periods and provide complete transparency to stakeholders? For the last 40 years the answer would have been: We buy expensive hardware along with expensive database software and put procedures in place managed by trusted system administrators so that we can be reasonably sure we can prove that the data we take out of those storage systems is the right data.

No longer.

Ted Schlein, partner at Kleiner Perkins recently pointed out that the future of security lies in being able to secure the assets inside the perimeter instead of securing the perimeter itself. The combination of high availability object stores, KSI integration and platforms that can detect compromise and allow effective action once compromise has been detected means that is possible to provide more reliable storage with mathematical certainty regarding the data inside, at a fraction of the cost of legacy approaches.

Out with old, in with the new. What previously required dedicated hardware (data authentication) can now be done in software. The Estonian Government is the first to announce the adoption of KSI for long term archiving. They certainly won’t be the last. Software eats the world. We look forward to watching KSI eat the next 200 billion Gigabytes of data destined for long-term storage.