The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will hold a proposers day on Jan. 31 in McLean, Virginia, to discuss a program that aims to develop a system that would facilitate secure exchange of sensitive information through a handheld device.
DARPA said Tuesday it seeks to help deployed troops share classified information without the need to route traffic through secure data centers under the agency’s Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge initiative.
“Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification,” said Joe Evans, a 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,” Evans added.
SHARE looks to demonstrate secure information exchange at different levels of classification over existing military and commercial networks through a mix of devices such as tactical radios, laptops and handheld platforms, DARPA noted.
The program will focus on the development of technologies and policy tools for security management via handheld devices; networking platforms with resilient and secure architectures; and software that would configure security across the network.
DARPA hopes to attract professionals who have background in handheld device security, future internet architectures, multilevel information sharing and tactical networking applications to the SHARE program.