Practical Roots of Trust for Mobile Devices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-13-C-00100
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00032-H-SB013.2-002-0016-I
Amount: $99,963.20
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB013.2-002
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00032
Small Business Information
421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR, 97204-1662
DUNS: 098009918
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Adam Wick
 Principal Investigator
 (503) 626-6616
 awick@galois.com
Business Contact
 Anne Marie McClaran
Title: B&P Administrator
Phone: (503) 626-6616
Email: annemarie@galois.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To meet the critical security needs of the Department of Homeland Security and others, we propose two methods for providing a secure root of trust for mobile devices. One method is designed to integrate as easily into existing systems, while the other requires deeper integration but provides correspondingly stronger security. The keys to our work are practicality and integration: practicality to ensure our system applies to current and near-term mobile devices, and integration to allow for a smooth transition path to mobile device manufacturers. In the proposal we describe not only the technical path to implementation for these two approaches, but also the business, legal, and political steps required to bring root of trust technology to market. Once in place, root of trust technology can be used as a strong basis for implementing other key mobile security solutions, such as secure data at rest, secure data in transit, secure authentication, and mobile device management.

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