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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech


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Information security is at the core of a new project of the U.S. Defense Advanced Logistics Projects Agency.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, said it is working on a project that would use software and networking technology to securely share information on unsecured commercial and military networks.

Credit: Computerworld

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) project, which aims to create a new way to enable U.S. troops working in remote areas around the world to securely send and receive sensitive electronic information.

The project will use software and networking technology to securely share information on unsecured commercial and military networks using handheld devices, laptops, or tactical radios.

"The vision of SHARE is to develop software that moves the multilevel security management function from a handful of data centers down to trusted, handheld devices on the tactical edge," says DARPA program manager Joe Evans.

The researchers are developing a three-part approach to create a resilient secure network that links devices without needing to route traffic through secure data centers. The project involves creating software that can rapidly configure security across a network, and would use networking technologies based on resilient and secure architectures that can function in challenging environments, according to DARPA. The third aspect of the SHARE project is to build technologies and policy tools for distributed tactical security management on handheld devices.

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