How Virgin Hyperloop One protects its most precious data

VHO's high profile means its intellectual property is coveted by competitors, nation-states and curious hackers. Tightly controlled access is the key to protecting that data.

The concept of high-speed trains in low-pressure tubes has been around since 1799 when English inventor George Medhurst patented his “wind pump.” It’s only since Elon Musk took interest in the last ten years that the vision looks like it might become a reality.

Musk released his Hyperloop Alpha white paper in 2013. In it, the Tesla and SpaceX founder envisioned a new form of high-speed magnetic levitation (maglev) rail system in near-vacuum tubes that could travel at speeds of over 700 mph. Rather than pursue the idea himself, Musk released the initial concept to the world and has let others take the initiative.

Since then a number of companies have sprung up looking to develop the concept into a real-world form of transportation. One of the most well-established of these is Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), a company looking to enable its engineers to work as securely and quickly as possible without increasing risk.

Security is mission-critical at VHO

Founded in 2014 as Hyperloop Technologies, the company took on the Virgin name in 2017 after investment from Richard Branson and his UK-based conglomerate. Having raised more than $400 million, today VHO has testing facilities in the US, UAE and India, and is looking to be ready for human passengers by 2022 with commercial lines opening a few years later.

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