Galois has received a five-year, $15.2M contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to develop a software development platform to facilitate secure computation by public and private sector programmers who are not particularly skilled in cryptography.
The company said Thursday it aims to build the Verona system and extend the application of a programming language called Julia to support SC deployment for non-cryptographic experts through IARPA's Homomorphic Encryption Computing Techniques with Overhead Reduction initiative.
The goal of the HECTOR program is to adapt privacy-preserving technology for potential use in medical analytics, military information exchange, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and government accountability efforts.
David Archer, principal researcher in privacy and cryptography at Galois, said the company will equip the system with tools designed to help users develop computation enriched programs as well as estimate resource utilization and demonstrate proper execution of such programs.
Researchers from Two-Six Labs, Julia Computing, Columbia University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and KU Leuven will participate in the Galois-led Verona project.