Military Embedded Systems

DARPA SHARE program aims to demo secure exchange of information


January 16, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

DARPA SHARE program aims to demo secure exchange of information
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ARLINTON, Va. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials launched the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program, which aims to create a system where information at multiple levels of security classification could be processed on a single handheld device using a secure network that links devices without needing to route traffic through secure data centers.

Officials say, this capability would be able to operate over existing commercial and military networks while maintaining the security of sensitive information and safety of operations.

“Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification,” says Joe Evans, DARPA program manager. “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.”

The SHARE program is focused on three areas:

  • Technologies and policy tools for distributed tactical security management on handheld devices;
  • Networking technologies based on resilient and secure architectures that work in challenging environments; and
  • Software that rapidly configures security across the network.

The end goal of the program is to demonstrate secure exchange of information at multiple levels of classification over unsecured military and commercial networks (e.g., Wi-Fi and cellular) using a heterogeneous mix of devices—from tactical radios to laptops to handheld devices.

The SHARE program seeks expertise in handheld device security, future internet architectures, multilevel information sharing, and tactical networking applications. A Proposers Day is scheduled for January 31, 2017, in McLean, Virginia.

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