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NIST’s Random Bit Beacon is a Game Changer The US government just unveiled a machine that can generate truly random 1s and 0s. They plan to offer it as a public Internet service. This is big news because so many of our data security defenses rely on randomness, and it's hard to achieve. The role of randomness in security is often overlooked but it's critical. The best-known use of randomness is cryptography. Every encrypted or digitally signed message depends on a randomly generated key. Every https Internet link uses SSL/TLS that requires the web server to generate a random session key to encrypt your password, credit card number, etc. If encryption keys are less than truly random, they can

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