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Cyber threat model for tactical radio networks
Author(s): Michael T. Kurdziel
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Paper Abstract

The shift to a full information-centric paradigm in the battlefield has allowed ConOps to be developed that are only possible using modern network communications systems. Securing these Tactical Networks without impacting their capabilities has been a challenge. Tactical networks with fixed infrastructure have similar vulnerabilities to their commercial counterparts (although they need to be secure against adversaries with greater capabilities, resources and motivation). However, networks with mobile infrastructure components and Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANets) have additional unique vulnerabilities that must be considered. It is useful to examine Tactical Network based ConOps and use them to construct a threat model and baseline cyber security requirements for Tactical Networks with fixed infrastructure, mobile infrastructure and/or ad hoc modes of operation. This paper will present an introduction to threat model assessment. A definition and detailed discussion of a Tactical Network threat model is also presented. Finally, the model is used to derive baseline requirements that can be used to design or evaluate a cyber security solution that can be scaled and adapted to the needs of specific deployments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9103, Wireless Sensing, Localization, and Processing IX, 910305 (21 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2047582
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Michael T. Kurdziel, Harris Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9103:
Wireless Sensing, Localization, and Processing IX
Sohail A. Dianat; Michael David Zoltowski, Editor(s)

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