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Activity title

Secure Underwater Communications for Heterogeneous Network-enabled Operations

Activity Reference

IST-174 (COM)

Panel

Information Systems Technology

Security Classification

Other

Status

Proposed

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2019

End date

2022

Keywords

Autonomy, AUV, Communications, MANET, Secure, Submarine, Underwater

Background

As underwater communications capabilities are developing across several NATO nations, it is clear that we must remain interoperable in this domain. Due to the nature of undersea operations, it is of critical importance that these communications must remain secure and assured. Furthermore, with the advent of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that are becoming more prevalent and cost-effective, a mobile undersea network can be enabled to allow secure data transfer from one nation to another.

Objectives

This activity is aimed at developing security standards for Underwater Communications and Networking.

Topics

• Deciding which layers to protect o Only application data, or also network (topology) data, and how to do so efficiently? • Encryption and integrity-protection algorithms o Which algorithms to use? o How large can the security overhead be underwater, and how to deal with the overhead? • Key management o Using symmetric or asymmetric keys? o How to manage the keys, which keys to use for which purpose, and how to refresh a key?

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