Information Security and Trust in a Space Communications Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-10-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: A101-032-0072
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-032
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
4250 Pacific Highway, Suite 211, San Diego, CA, 92110
DUNS: 117938311
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Wong
 Sr. Software Engineer
 (619) 758-9900
 wong.robert@solute.us
Business Contact
 John Lyons
Title: Sr. Software Engineer
Phone: (619) 758-9900
Email: maxwell@stottlerhenke.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As with any vital military resource, the Army space communications network is clearly a target for adversary forces. The need to securely transfer information and guarantee delivery from the trusted source to the ultimate information user is essential to Army mission success. Army space communications networks currently rely on traditional cryptography schemes. Traditional cryptography (based on computation al difficulty) is inherently vulnerable to advances in processing power and decryption algorithms. Quantum cryptography (based on the physics of quantum mechanics) technology promises proven unconditional data security. Building on current quantum cryptography research, SOLUTE proposes to develop a practical data security system an end-to-end information security and trust for use with Army space communications networks. The SOLUTE technical approach is based on an integration of fiber-based and free-space quantum key distribution (QKD) technologies with a custom QKD management software to provide a seamless user interface with Army space communications networks.

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