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Securing Telemetry Data with Commercial Encryption Standards

October 08, 2021 | BY: Paul Cook, Stephen Willis

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Data privacy is an increasing concern for everyone, and securing data can be complex for both those attempting to implement security systems and the end users. Recent attacks, such as the Solarwinds hack that targeted business, education, and government organizations, or the Facebook data breach that led to the leaking of half a billion users’ data, have highlighted how everyone is a target. These attacks are not just led by curious hackers or criminals, but also by state actors. Military organizations are susceptible to having a system hacked or losing data due to the criticality of the systems or data for national defense.

Data privacy is not a new concept and has been around for as long as there has been competition between countries and between private companies in protecting some recipe, secret, or intellectual property. This is certainly true for commercial aerospace organizations where stolen aircraft development data could lose a competitive advantage, or intercepted communications could compromise passenger privacy or safety.

As the world realizes that all of our data is at risk of being exploited, organizations are under pressure to protect it, no matter the classification. However, this can be expensive and time-consuming, or limit foreign military sales, depending on the approach. Often, the most rigorous encryption scheme, such as the National Security Agency (NSA) Suite A cryptography, is not necessary, maybe chosen due to uncertainties about other solutions. This paper describes strategies for encrypting data-at-rest and in motion, with a particular emphasis on encrypting telemetry data for applications such as flight test.

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Author’s Biography

Paul Cook

Director of Missile Systems, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Paul Cook is the Director of Missile Systems at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. He has 37 years of extensive design and product line experience in Telemetry Systems. He has held both engineering and management positions in Design & Development, Embedded Encryption, RF Subsystems and Data Links, Engineering & Business Management, and Program Management. He has 34 years of experience in the Telemetry industry and 3 years in Information Assurance Type I CCEP certifications. Paul joined Teletronics in 2007 and in addition, worked in the Telemetry Industry for General Dynamics Corporation, Aydin Corporation, and L-3 Communications Corporation. Paul obtained a BS degree from The College of New Jersey and has various postgraduate courses towards a MBA and Program Management Certifications.

Author’s Biography

Stephen Willis

Marketing Portfolio Manager

Stephen Willis works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of Marketing Portfolio Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Philosophy for research in mathematical models and their market application for risk assessment and a PG Dip in marketing and management. His current research interests include data acquisition, recording and control systems and their applications in enabling a cost effective route to gathering large amounts of data. In particular, applications of interest include flight test, crash protected recording and structural/ usage monitoring programs. He is the author of several of academic papers and magazine articles.

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