The Chirp Revolution: A Secure Wireless Network in a Zero Trust Era

4 min readMar 29, 2023


Chirp DePIN is building its tech stack and security is a major priority. Below we share details related to the major security principles underpinning our system architecture.

Zero Trust Era

Overcoming DeWi Network Security Challenges: Addressing Human-Related Fragilities with Chirp

The rapid expansion of Decentralized Wireless (DeWi) networks has created a variety of security issues that threaten to undermine the potential of IoT. The human element in these networks is often the weakest link, presenting multiple opportunities for exploitation. To address these vulnerabilities, Chirp focuses on minimizing human-related fragilities by implementing strong security measures and fostering a vigilant community of users. Let’s see how.

To start with, Chirp empowers individual operators to manage their Blackbird antennas, ensuring that the network is made up of real people who have a vested interest in maintaining the network’s security. This human-centric approach reduces the attack surface and makes it more difficult for bad actors to exploit the system. Secondly, Chirp provides ongoing training and support for its community, ensuring that users are informed about potential security risks and how to mitigate them.

Thirdly, Chirp employs advanced techniques to prevent the back-engineering of data to identify and geolocate devices. By anonymizing user data and using hashing to obscure device information stored on-chain, Chirp makes it incredibly challenging for attackers to reverse-engineer the data and pinpoint the location of devices. This matters because it further enhances security and protects users in a world where data privacy is ever so important.

Encryption and Hashing: Enhancing Privacy and Security

Chirp goes above and beyond to ensure the privacy and security of its users. All information transmitted through the network is heavily encrypted, making it nearly impossible for unauthorized parties to intercept or read the data. Moreover, all device information stored on-chain is hashed, adding another layer of privacy and security. This approach prevents sensitive data from being exposed while ensuring that the network remains transparent and verifiable.

Dark IoT gateway miners

Harnessing the Power of Zero Trust

Chirp’s security model is built on the principles of Zero Trust, which requires strict identity authentication and access verification for every connection at all times. By adhering to the pillars of “Never Trust, Verify,” “Authenticate Before Connect,” and “Least Privileged Access,” Chirp ensures that only authorized network clients can access the platform, and that they can only do so on a need-to-know basis.

Chirp’s approach to implementing Zero Trust on IoT gateways is to use a “Dark” Gateway architecture, which means that the gateway does not have an IP nor open ports and does not accept incoming connections from the Internet or any untrusted network. Dark gateways are a critical component of Chirp’s network architecture, providing an additional layer of protection to its network resources.

By restricting access to Dark gateways in this way, Chirp can significantly reduce its attack surface and minimize the risk of security breaches caused by unauthorized access to its network resources. Additionally, Dark gateways enforce strict access controls, using cryptographic techniques to verify the identity of both the client and server and evaluating policies to determine whether the connection is authorized. The server can also monitor the gateway for any signs of suspicious activity, and if necessary, block or isolate the gateway from the rest of the network.

Chirps Zero Trust security framework assumes that all network traffic, even traffic within an organization’s internal network, is potentially malicious and should not be trusted by default.

Implementing mTLS and Embedding Zero Trust in Applications

Chirp’s security approach employs mutual TLS (mTLS) to ensure that both parties in a network are authorized by a private key. This guarantees that client and server always exchange information over end-to-end encrypted TLS connections. Additionally, the Zero Trust approach can be embedded directly into application code. In cases where this is not possible, special software is used to establish a secure connection.

Unlocking IoT Potential with Chirp’s Security

Chirp’s innovative wireless network solution offers a secure and decentralized environment for IoT, built on the principles of Zero Trust and a virtual overlay mesh network. By addressing the security challenges associated with IoT networks and DeWi networks in particular, Chirp paves the way for a safer and more reliable IoT ecosystem. Join Chirp’s network and become a part of this groundbreaking revolution in IoT security today.




Chirp is creating a unified wireless network for IoT and Mobile by harnessing the power of DePIN & blockchain technology.