Choosing the Best Location for Your Data-At-Rest Encryption Technology
Data protection and encryption are essential data storage requirements on-board nearly all military vehicles because they are routinely deployed into contested areas. Though encryption method options such as government off-the-shelf (GOTS) vs. commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) are well understood, as are the encryption algorithms (AES-128 vs. AES-256), currently the guidance and understanding of where the encryption should be located in deployed storage systems are unclear.
The choice of encryption location can make a difference in the concept of operations (CONOPS). This decision determines how difficult it is for adversaries to decrypt sensitive data and use it to their advantage. This paper discusses the different places the encryption technology can be located on a data storage solution and aims to help you choose the best solution for your application.
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- Data-at-rest (DAR) encryption
- DAR vulnerabilities
- GOTS vs. COTS encryption
- NSA CSfC
- NSA Type 1
- Removable media