For this week's Spotlight Patents, continue with the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger) and digital rights management, broadly construed. Assigned to IBM, the first of this week's patents addresses techniques for a drone used for authentication and authorization for restricted access via an electronic lock. Assigned to Forcepoint, the second patent addresses techniques for generating a cyber behavior profile.
9,875,592, "Drone used for authentication and authorization for restricted access via an electronic lock," assigned to IBM.
In an electronic lock authentication method using a drone, authentication information input by a person is received at an electronic lock, a first level verification of the authentication information is performed at the electronic lock, and a drone request signal is transmitted from the electronic lock to the drone. The drone request signal instructs the drone to proceed to the electronic lock and perform a second level verification of the person when the first level verification has passed. Further in the method, the second level verification of the person is performed with the drone, a grant access signal is transmitted from the drone to the electronic lock, the grant access signal instructs the electronic lock to unlock when the second level verification has passed, and the electronic lock is unlocked in response to the grant access signal.
9,882,918, "User behavior profile in a blockchain," assigned to Forcepoint, LLC
A method, system and computer-usable medium are disclosed for generating a cyber behavior profile, comprising: monitoring user interactions between a user and an information handling system; converting the user interactions and the information about the user into electronic information representing the user interactions; generating a unique cyber behavior profile based upon the electronic information representing the user interactions and the information about the user; and, storing information relating to the unique cyber behavior profile in a behavior blockchain.