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Protected interoperability of telecommunications and digital products
Author(s): Viktor E. Hampel; Gene N. Cartier; James P. Craft
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Paper Abstract

New federal standards for the protection of sensitive data now make it possible to ensure the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of digital products, and non-repudiation of digital telecommunications.

Under review and comment since 1991, the new Federal standards were confirmed this year and provide standard means for the protection of voice and data communications from accidental and wilful abuse. The standards are initially tailored to protect only ‘sensitive-but-unclassified’ (SBU) data in compliance with the Computer Security Act of 1987. These data represent the majority of transactions in electronic commerce, including sensitive procurement information, trade secrets, financial data, product definitions, and company-proprietary information classified as ‘intellectual property.’ Harmonization of the new standards with international requirements is in progress.

In the United States, the confirmation of the basic standards marks the beginning of a long-range program to assure discretionary and mandatory access controls to digital resources. Upwards compatibility into the classified domain with multi-level security is a core requirement of the National Information Infrastructure.

In this report we review the powerful capabilities of standard Public-Key-Cryptology, the availability of commercial and Federal products for data protection, and make recommendations for their cost-effective use to assure reliable telecommunications and process controls.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1994
PDF: 30 pages
Proc. SPIE 10278, Defining the Global Information Infrastructure: Infrastructure, Systems, and Services: A Critical Review, 1027809 (3 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.192216
Show Author Affiliations
Viktor E. Hampel, Systems Research and Applications Corp. (United States)
Gene N. Cartier, Systems Research and Applications Corp. (United States)
James P. Craft, Systems Research and Applications Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10278:
Defining the Global Information Infrastructure: Infrastructure, Systems, and Services: A Critical Review
Stephen F. Lundstrom, Editor(s)

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