Lightweight Public Key Algorithms for Low Power Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-5006
Agency Tracking Number: D113-001-0032
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: SB113-001
Solicitation Number: 2011.3
Small Business Information
1551 Forbes St., Fredericksburg, VA, -
DUNS: 198180937
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ron Knobler
 Program Manager
 (540) 373-2374
 rknobler@mcqinc.com
Business Contact
 Keith Armstrong
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (540) 373-2374
Email: karmstrong@mcqinc.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Fielded unattended ground sensors (UGS) are deployed in dangerous areas, where devices are found and stolen by adversaries. Some adversaries have a high level of technical sophistication, which is used to attempt reverse engineering the device found and to attempt to compromise the remaining deployed system. A cryptosystem which provides the capabilities of both public-key and private-key cryptography, is needed to provide both authentication and encryption. However, resource constrained embedded devices found in UGS systems lack the memory and processing capabilities to implement standard public-key algorithms and maintain the associated keys with a large number of devices in the network. McQ has developed an approach using revolutionary cryptographic techniques that provides both authentication and encryption, but on resource constrained embedded devices, without the burden of large amounts of key distribution or storage. This approach will be refined during Phase I by selecting and optimizing the required cryptosystems, applying the approach to UGS systems through a conceptual design, and benchmarking the initial performance of the approach on a representative low SWaP hardware platform.

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