SECURE NETWORK COMPONENT ARCHITECTURE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 8613
Amount: $342,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1005 Elkton Dr, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Cook
 (303) 591-8857
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE DOD PROGRAM FOR INTERCONNECTION OF COMMAND CENTER SYSTEMS REQUIRE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MULTILEVEL SECURE NETWORK COMPONENTS, SUCH AS PACKET SWITCHES, MESSAGE SWITCHES AND GUARD GATEWAYS. PREVIOUS SECURITY ARCHITECTURES OF THESE COMPONENTS HAVE BEEN BASED ON THE SECURE OPERATING SYSTEM SECURITY KERNEL DESIGN APPROACH DEVELOPED FOR MULTI-USER TIME SHARING SYSTEMS. FOR COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENTS, THIS HAS RESULTED IN UNNECESSARY COMPLEXITY IN THE SYSTEM SECURITY CERTIFICATION, AND SEVERE PERFORMANCE PENALTIES IN DATA THROUGHPUT. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATED A NEW APPROACH FOR A SECURE NETWORK COMPONENT ARCHIETECTURE WHICH SEPARATES THE SECURITY FUNCTIONS FROM THE OPERATING SYSTEM AND PROCESSOR PROTECTION MECHANISMS. THE SECURITY REFERENCE MONITOR IS PLACED AT THE SYSTEM I/O LEVEL AND RESULTS IN SIGNFIFICANTLY LOWER COST AND RISK FOR CERTIFICATION OF THE SECURITY CRITICAL FUNCTIONS. A GENERALIZED EMBEDDED TRUSTED FUNCTION IS PROVIDED, WHICH IS NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SYSTEM UNIQUE GUARD TYPE FUNCTIONS FOR THE INTERCONNECTION OF COMMAND CENTER SYSTEMS. THIS CAPABILITY ALSO PROVIDES THE TRUSTED COMPUTING BASE REQUIRED FOR THE NEW NSA EMBEDDED ENCRYPTION ARCHITECTURE PROTOCOL LAYERS.

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