Army Research Laboratory Developing Secure IoBT
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has awarded a $25 million contract to a group that includes SRI International and several universities. They will work to develop and secure the Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT), as part of the IoBT Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-driven Networks (IoBT REIGN) program. As military operations rely less on human soldiers and more on interconnected technology, the goal of the IoBT program is to understand and exploit the capabilities of networked battlefield systems and create a cyber network of things that adapts as the mission evolves. Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the team includes SRI International and collaborators from ARL, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Massachusetts, and University of Southern California. SRI is leading security research for the initiative. The funding covers the first five years of a potential 10-year effort.
"Battlefields are by nature fast-paced adversarial environments and securitychallenges arising from these cyber-physical environments will be addressed in every research task," said Tancrède Lepoint, computer scientist and cryptographer at SRI International.