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ITS Hosts Tactical Encryption and Key Management Workshop

February 20, 2017

Today, encryption and key management (E&KM) is a process that can be onerous, difficult, and time-consuming. We hypothesize that advances in processing efficiency and networking technologies can greatly simplify (or perhaps even automate) E&KM thus enabling secure dynamic coalitions and information flow control in mobile, tactical applications. We further hypothesize that these secure, dynamic coalitions and information control schemes can be constructed and maintained without a central, off-site coordination authority.

In February, ITS hosted a two-day workshop on Tactical EK&M to look into the future to see what E&KM may look like, and at the present to see what technologies can be leveraged to take us there. The workshop was sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and organized and hosted as a joint effort between ITS and the RAND Corporation. The proceedings are now being readied for publication.