Full homomorphic encryption of data for low bandwidth channels

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Application Deadline
3/12/2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

  • At a high level of abstraction, data in a network system is either in motion, at rest, or in use. Data in motion and at rest may be protected via digital encryption. However encrypted data, prior to use by a processor, are usually decrypted first at which point the data can be vulnerable to cyber-attack. Shielding and other protection methods may not provide enough defense if a malicious actor is able to approach in the vicinity of the processor.

  • An emerging option is to never decrypt the data but instead use full homomorphic encryption (FHE). With FHE, the processor can perform computations on the encrypted bits without exposing the clear (decrypted) data for someone to see.

  • Much of literature and recent papers suggest that homomorphic encryption is still not practical due to its heavy computational burden, but it might be worth exploring its use in low bandwidth channels.A generic system may, for example, have many embedded sub-systems, each with low bandwidth processes.

  • The goal of this effort is to study and explore the potential use of recently emerged FHE developments (post 2011) for use with executable binaries, especially with the executing processor logic in software (e.g., written for FPGAs and GPUs).

Example Approaches:

  • Full homomorphic encryption (FHE) of secure low bandwidth channels in low SWaP embedded devices (e.g., microcontrollers).

  • Consider other cryptologic approaches.

  • Application of novel methods to a particular use case (e.g., a control channel) with realized data, even if only simulated in the absence of real data.

Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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