Encryption and Data Protection

Sep 21, 2021
Dec 20, 2023

The objective of the Encryption and Data Protection Plan is to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data within N3N open-source projects. By implementing strong encryption measures and adopting data protection best practices, we aim to safeguard user information and maintain trust in our projects.

Encryption Protocols

  1. Transport Layer Security (TLS):

    • Utilize TLS to encrypt data in transit, securing communications between users and servers. Ensure the use of up-to-date and secure TLS protocols.
  2. End-to-End Encryption (E2EE):

    • Implement E2EE for applications dealing with sensitive user data. This ensures that data remains encrypted throughout its entire journey, even during storage.
  3. Data-at-Rest Encryption:

    • Apply encryption to data stored on disk or in databases to protect against unauthorized access in case of physical or virtual theft.

Key Management

  1. Secure Key Storage:

    • Employ secure key storage mechanisms to protect encryption keys. Avoid hardcoding keys within the source code or configuration files.
  2. Regular Key Rotation:

    • Implement a key rotation policy to periodically change encryption keys. This reduces the risk associated with long-term key exposure.
  3. Key Access Control:

    • Restrict access to encryption keys based on the principle of least privilege. Only authorized personnel should have access to cryptographic keys.

Authentication and Authorization

  1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

    • Encourage the use of MFA for access to systems and applications, adding an additional layer of security to prevent unauthorized access.
  2. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC):

    • Implement RBAC to control access to sensitive data based on user roles. Ensure that users have the minimum necessary permissions for their tasks.

Data Classification and Handling

  1. Sensitive Data Identification:

    • Clearly identify and classify sensitive data within the projects. This includes personally identifiable information (PII) and other confidential information.
  2. Data Minimization Principle:

    • Follow the principle of data minimization, collecting and retaining only the data necessary for the intended purpose.
  3. Secure Data Deletion:

    • Establish procedures for secure data deletion when data is no longer required. This includes securely erasing data from storage devices.

Auditing and Monitoring

  1. Logging of Security Events:

    • Implement comprehensive logging of security events, including access attempts, key usage, and other relevant activities.
  2. Regular Security Audits:

    • Conduct regular security audits to assess the effectiveness of encryption and data protection measures. Address any identified vulnerabilities promptly.

Compliance and Regulations

  1. Legal and Regulatory Compliance:

    • Stay informed about relevant data protection laws and regulations. Ensure that encryption practices align with legal requirements.
  2. Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA):

    • Conduct DPIAs for new projects or significant changes to existing ones to assess and mitigate potential risks to user data.

This Encryption and Data Protection Plan is an integral part of N3N's commitment to security and privacy. By implementing these measures, we strive to create a secure environment for our users and contributors.