This Cybersecurity Professional Is Making Digital Music to Assist Folks Fortify Their Digital Identities

Niels Provos, a Silicon Valley safety stalwart and co-inventor of the prevalent password-hashing algorithm bcrypt, is dancing to the rhythm of a safer digital world.

As bcrypt turns 25 years previous, even Provos is stunned by the cybersecurity protocol’s longevity. During the last quarter century, bcrypt has remained a dependable line of protection for shielding person passwords due partially to its open-source nature and technical traits, which have made it readily accessible throughout programming languages.

Nonetheless, Provos acknowledges the necessity for extra superior and newfangled alternate options, corresponding to scrypt and Argon2, to handle ever-evolving cybersecurity threats. Although he is bidding a protracted farewell to bcrypt over the approaching years, he continues to unfold consciousness for the significance of cybersecurity via his digital music undertaking, Activ8te.

Via dance-pop tracks like “Patch Your Community” and the tongue-in-cheek “I Am Monitoring You,” Activ8te advocates for the widespread adoption of the most recent technical improvements in cybersecurity whereas encouraging particular person listeners to fortify their very own digital identities. 

“There was a model of the world the place I’d simply make music and do blacksmithing,” Provos advised WIRED in a latest interview. “However the state of safety nonetheless makes me so unhappy that I nonetheless really feel like I’ve to contribute again by some means.”

Uncover extra of Activ8te’s music through the producer’s SoundCloud.