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Securing Sensitive Flight and Engine Simulation Data Using Smart Card TechnologyNASA Glenn Research Center has developed a smart card prototype capable of encrypting and decrypting disk files required to run a distributed aerospace propulsion simulation. Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) encryption is used to secure the sensitive intellectual property on disk pre, during, and post simulation execution. The prototype operates as a secure system and maintains its authorized state by safely storing and permanently retaining the encryption keys only on the smart card. The prototype is capable of authenticating a single smart card user and includes pre simulation and post simulation tools for analysis and training purposes. The prototype's design is highly generic and can be used to protect any sensitive disk files with growth capability to urn multiple simulations. The NASA computer engineer developed the prototype on an interoperable programming environment to enable porting to other Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS) capable operating system environments.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Blaser, Tammy M. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Computer Systems
Meeting Information
2003 Super Computing Conference(Phoenix, AZ)
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: 302-15-20
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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