While talking with Elliot, the topic of cyber security, and specifically a "cyber Pearl Harbor," kept coming up. As threats go, it's hardly world-ending, but I was curious to find out how software that stores encrypted data could protect against a cyber attack that actively disrupts communications and live information. To continue the earlier analogy, this sounded to me like implying a locked bank vault kept the store next door safe. Fortunately, cyberspace isn't bound by crude physical space metaphors, and it turns out that encrypted information within a virtual safe can protect an entire system. Think about it this way: If all passwords needed for machines to communicate with each other were in a safely encrypted database that required Vase software to un-encrypt, and if the Vase software effectively and rapidly responded to such a breach, it would be that much harder for an attacker to gain access.