Sentinel Protocol ICO Overview (UPP Token)
The Sentinel Protocol ICO and UPP Token sale offer a product to address the pressing need for enhanced security in the crypto space. Sentinel Protocol refer to this product as the Security Intelligence Platform for Blockchain (SIPB). The SIPB is designed to provide both proactive and reactive solutions to threats via analysis of previous attack patterns, prediction of future attacks and deployment of prevention measures.
Sentinel Protocol ICO Value Proposition
The Sentinel Protocol team have designed their product for two purposes: to safeguard individual crypto holders, and to protect larger institutions like exchanges. All security services are provisioned through an integrated “Security Wallet”, otherwise known as the S-Wallet. The architecture of the entire system is comprised of the four following components:
- Security Wallet (S-Wallet)
- Threat reputation database (TRDB)
- The Sentinels
- Interactive Cooperation Framework (ICF)
S-Wallet: The S-Wallet is an end user software program. The function of the S-Wallet could be described as an antivirus software for cryptocurrency. However, a fundamental difference is that antivirus software responds to new threats by continually receiving updates via a centralized server for all new known signatures.
This approach makes it difficult to respond to unknown threats. S-wallet leverages access to a collective database of intelligence (TRDB) in conjunction with machine learning to generate a proactive response based on threat tendencies, patterns and history. Leveraging the collective intelligence of the TRDB, S-wallet provides the following basic services:
- Cryptocurrency wallet address filtering
- URL/URI filtering
- Data filtering
- Fraud Detection System
TRDB: The Threat Reputation Database comprises a collective source of information contributed by security experts and vendors on threats. Through the utilization of collective intelligence, TRDB will collect hacker wallet addresses, malicious URL/URIs, phishing addresses, malware hashes etc.
TRDB is only updated by security experts in order to reduce errors. End users can also participate in data submission via two methods: auto reporting and manual reporting. By enabling auto reporting, unknown threats that are detected from the S-Wallet will enter the database. Manual reporting allows users to report risk information which is then validated by the community.
The TRDB will be provided as an API, so any individual or organization (e.g. wallets, exchanges, security vendors) can submit a query before users conduct a transaction as an added measure of security.
The Sentinels: Sentinel Protocol introduces a human component to the system called Sentinels. The Uppsala Foundation aim to encourage cyber security experts around the world to become Sentinels and utilize their knowledge toward the betterment of the system.
The Sentinels will be comprised of both individual security experts and organizations who: 1) Validate hacking claims and trace the attackers 2) Analyze the root cause of a threat and update information via the TRDB 3) Contribute to the TRDB to help ensure it accurately reflects the most up-to-date security research and analysis.
Interactive Cooperation Framework (ICF): Sentinels and end users both interact with Sentinel Protocol via the Interactive Cooperation Framework (ICF), otherwise known as Sentinel Portal. Users report hacking incidents via the Sentinel Portal.
The Sentinel Portal also provides a dashboard for Sentinels to interact with and validate information based on user activities via root cause analysis, incident response, and macro-level statistical insights. Sentinels will earn Sentinel Points (SP) according to their level of contribution to the system and staking toward their reputation, which can be redeemed for the native currency of the platform.
Architecture of SIPB from Whitepaper
Uppsala Token (UPP) is used to purchase services provided by the SIPB, such as advanced threat protection features offered on the S-Wallet. Basic features such as ETH address assessments do not require UPP.
UPP also can be used to purchase detailed cyber forensics, vulnerability assessments, and other related services offered by Sentinel Protocol. UPP are not directly awarded to Sentinels for their contributions. Instead, Sentinels are rewarded with Sentinel Points (SP). Sentinel Points allow participants to stake value on the reputation system and also exchange directly for UPP. Anyone can purchase UPP, but SP must be earned.
Sentinel Protocol ICO Team
Patrick Kim is the Founder and CEO of Sentinel Protocol. He has 10 years of experience in the cyber security industry. His previous work experience includes positions with Cisco, Palo Alto Networks and Darktrace, a leading cyber security company that develops machine learning products.
HM Park is Co-founder and Head of Operations. HM has been in the tech world for the last 10 years. His last two positions before joining Sentinel Protocol were both as Account Manager for Darktrace and F5 Networks.
John Kirch serves as Chief Evangelist and has a long track record of success in both finance and cyber security. John served first as a Regional Country Manager and then Regional Director at Darktrace over a period of 3 years. He has previous leadership experience as Director of DNS-based cloud security solutions company, Nominum, and served 5 years as VP of Asia-Pacific/President of Japan for Penta Security Systems.
The remainder of the team include core developers Dayeol Lee and Guo Feng. Dayeol Lee holds a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and Guo Feng boasts 13 years of experience with computer engineering. Head of Threat Intelligence, Michael Zhou, has 3 years of experience in Threat Analysis and Head of Security Operations, Narong Chong, has 10 years of experience in computer engineering. Head of Marketing, Karly Choi, has held previous positions as both Marketing Manager and Marketing Director with tech companies in Korea and the US. Head of Product, Min Wu Koo, has 8 years of experience in business development and sales.
Additional information on the team can be found here.
Sentinel Protocol ICO Strengths and Opportunities
The team are already underway with product development and have completed a prototype. A demonstration of the prototype from the ICON summit can be viewed here. The beta version of the SIPB is scheduled for release in June, with Mainnet launch in July. While the final version of the SIPB that includes all features won’t be available until early 2019, it’s promising to see headway on the main components of the product.
Sentinel Protocol ICO has formed several partnerships with exchanges and wallets which will integrate the TRDB for querying addresses. By querying the database, they contribute new information to the system and receive a security assessment in return. The first exchange Sentinel Protocol has partnered with for integration of the TRDB is Kyber Network. In addition, Sentinel Protocol has formed partnerships with the largest wallets in China and Korea: imToken and Coinmanager. These partnerships will also include integration of the TRDB.
Sentinel Protocol ICO Weaknesses and Threats
Sentinel Protocol depends on participation from actual people to deliver the core value proposition of the product. Specifically speaking, the product depends on the participation of cyber security experts.
To this accord, a Pre-Sentinel recruitment program was conducted to begin the onboarding process. While it’s promising to see recruitment efforts are already underway, the team have indicated their strategy will rely heavily on B2B partnerships for growing the number of Sentinels in the ecosystem.
At this stage, the Sentinel Protocol ICO team has yet to establish any partnerships that would guarantee the number of Sentinels required for a sustained scaling effort. It also remains uncertain to what extent incentivization of enterprise partners through earning Sentinel Points and UPP will prove viable.
End user adoption of the product is dependent on the active participation of Sentinels for functionality, so this point is critical. As Sentinel Protocol moves forward, we will pay close attention to any developments on this front.
The Verdict on Sentinel Protocol
The crypto community recently received a harsh wake-up call with the hack of a high-profile crypto influencer. The Founder of Sentinel Protocol, a cyber security expert himself, was also the victim of a hack resulting in the loss of thousands of ETH. His experience is what ultimately lead to the birth of this project.
It’s beyond doubt a comprehensive security protocol is essential for the cryptospace, and the team of cyber security experts behind Sentinel Protocol are building one potential solution that could very well meet this need. With a product to develop and an ecosystem to grow, Sentinel Protocol still have a ways to go.
Nonetheless, the strength of the team, community support and partnerships to date are all indicators of strong potential. We rate the Sentinel Protocol ICO in our Top 10%.
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SENTINEL PROTOCOL ICO REVIEW SCORES
The Sentinel Protocol ICO (UPP Token) grasps the thorny issue of cryptocurrency security, with a view to shaking out the bad actors who stalk the crypto world. A partnership with Kyber Network illustrates that the existing product has a strong foundation, and the experienced team instill confidence that the technology will be strong. However, just like any two-sided market that depends on mass adoption for customer value, we have some concerns about the scalability of the venture. We hope they are unfounded.
Progress To Date……………………5.5
Community Support & Hype…..6.8
Price & Token Distribution……..8.3
- Team are industry experts in cyber security
- Have launched and demonstrated prototype
- First-mover advantage
- Incentivizing participation remains a critical question
- Product development still in early stages
Today’s Date: 4/18/18
Project Name: Sentinel Protocol
Token Symbol: UPP
White Paper: https://sentinelprotocol.io/whitepaper/
Crowdsale Hard Cap: $22 million
Initial Supply: 500 million
Token Distribution: 60% to public, 15% for business development, 15% for Uppsala Foundation, 8% for unforeseen business activities, and 2% for advisors
Price per Token: 1 UPP = $0.08 USD
Initial Market Cap (at crowdsale price): $40 million
Accepted Payments: ETH
Countries Excluded: China, US
Bonus Structure: N/A
Presale Terms: N/A
Whitelist: April 25 Crowdsale KYC registration
- April 25 – May 5: Crowdsale KYC registration
- May 10: Crowdsale KYC results released
- May 11: Crowdsale begins
Expected Token Release: TBA
Additional Information: https://t.me/sentinelprotocol
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