28 May 2013 Solving data-at-rest for the storage and retrieval of files in ad hoc networks
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Based on current trends for both military and commercial applications, the use of mobile devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets) is greatly increasing. Several military applications consist of secure peer to peer file sharing without a centralized authority. For these military applications, if one or more of these mobile devices are lost or compromised, sensitive files can be compromised by adversaries, since COTS devices and operating systems are used. Complete system files cannot be stored on a device, since after compromising a device, an adversary can attack the data at rest, and eventually obtain the original file. Also after a device is compromised, the existing peer to peer system devices must still be able to access all system files. McQ has teamed with the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group at George Mason University to develop a custom distributed file sharing system to provide a complete solution to the data at rest problem for resource constrained embedded systems and mobile devices. This innovative approach scales very well to a large number of network devices, without a single point of failure. We have implemented the approach on representative mobile devices as well as developed an extensive system simulator to benchmark expected system performance based on detailed modeling of the network/radio characteristics, CONOPS, and secure distributed file system functionality. The simulator is highly customizable for the purpose of determining expected system performance for other network topologies and CONOPS.
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Ron Knobler, Peter Scheffel, Jonathan Williams, Kris Gaj, Jens-Peter Kaps, "Solving data-at-rest for the storage and retrieval of files in ad hoc networks", Proc. SPIE 8755, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2013, 875511 (28 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015443; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2015443
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