Princeton researchers announce secure first responder computer architecture to help communications
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November 12, 2007 In a press release from Princeton University, computer scientists have announced a new architecture "that enables the secure transmission of crucial rescue information to first responders during events such as natural disasters, fires or terrorist attacks." According to a story in NetworkWorld, the new framework allows first responders to exchange sensitive information on a "as-needed basis".
At the heart of the technology is transient trust which gives information givers and receivers "the ability to swap sensitive data such as floor plans or a building or personal medical information securely on an as-needed basis," NetworkWorld reported.Princeton researcher Ruby Lee said the new technology would be perfect for handheld PDA's or laptops in the field. Development of the network technology was done through a cooperative effort called SecureCore which was funded by the National Science Foundation Cyber Trust program and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) "which aims to integrate essential security into the hardware, software and networking at the core of commodity computing and communications devices," the Princeton press release read. Lee said in the press release that most personal technology devices such as computers and cell phones were not originally designed with "security as a goal. ... I'm trying to rethink the design of computers so they can be trustworthy while at the same time retain all their original design goals, such as high performance, low cost and energy efficiency."
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