Trust your data with a tamper-evident log

You need to trust the data you rely on. Your organisation handles more data every day, and the data helps you make critical decisions. But you need to know that it hasn't been modified or corrupted.

Building with tamper-evident logs means you can cryptographically prove that the data hasn’t been unexpectedly changed. Knowing the providence, integrity and sequence your data was created means you’ll be able to monitor third-party ecosystems and simplify regulatory compliance. You can trust the data you rely on.

A tamper-evident log stores an accurate, immutable and verifiable history of activity. This is an example of a verifiable system. You could use them to track credits and debits in banking transactions, access logs to sensitive healthcare records, cryptographic hashes of software packages, compliance artifacts of regulated activities, or modifications to a document.

Discourage Insider Threats

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A tamper-evident log makes it impossible for a malicious insider to cover their tracks.

Simplify regulatory compliance

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A tamper-evident log keeps you in control of your audit artifacts and gives auditors confidence.

Regulated industries require companies to collect and retain many types of compliance records. Auditors need to verify the integrity and nonrepudiation of those records.

By using a tamper-evident to store compliance records, you can keep them in one place and simplify presenting them to an auditor. You can cryptographically prove they haven't been tampered with.

Monitor third-party ecosystems

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A tamper-evident log enables multiple parties to monitor each others' actions.

Where organisations can be required to publish data about their actions, a tamper-evident log can hold a permanent record of this data.

Applications of Tamper-evident Logs

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Add tamper-checking to a package manager

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Reliably log all actions performed on your servers

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Strengthen discovery of encryption keys with Key Transparency

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Discourage misbehaviour by third parties in Certificate Transparency

Start verifying to get more from your log

Often people just put everything in the log and stop there.

For a system to be valuable to you and those that rely on it, you need to identify what’s important to log and who will verify its contents.

We've designed two exercises to help you get started.

How to design a verifiable system

Trillian: an open-source verifiable log

Trillian is a log that stores an accurate, immutable and verifiable history of activity. It is an open-source library and powers one of the world’s largest, most used and respected, production crypto ledger based ecosystems, certificate transparency.

How it works

Trillian is similar to a blockchain: it's an append-only log for storing records.

Trillian provides support for several verifiable data structures, each offering different types of verifiability. In the case of a Merkle tree, Trillian can cryptographically prove:

  • that a given record is in the log
  • that the log hasn't been tampered with - that nothing has been changed or deleted since a previous point in time

As an example, Trillian could be used to create a tamper-evident financial transaction ledger.

The financial ledger app provides an API for storing, retrieving and verifying transactions. It uses Trillian to store the transactions and cryptographically prove the integrity of transactions.

Learn about Trillian's verifiable data structures

Read the design overview

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Why Trillian?

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