Shipboard Cross Domain Secure Solutions
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-092
Topic Title: Shipboard Cross Domain Secure Solutions
Proposal No.: N181-092-0043
Firm: Architecture Technology Corporation
9971 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
Contact: Ben Burnett
Phone: (952) 829-5864
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Abstract: Submarines have many computer applications and systems to monitor real-time operational status of the mechanical systems onboard. These applications are classified at different levels and are spread across subnets in multiple security domains. The mixed domain nature of submarine networks forces applications that should operate at lower security levels to operate at higher security levels. This complicates the applications and operations, requiring slow Cross Domain Solutions (CDS) which add latency, limitations and data restrictions that can lead to redundant applications at different security levels and work arounds that can leak data. As the next-generation submarine is being designed, a new way for running cross-domain applications is being sought. Applications need to operate at lower levels, with ability to work with data from higher and lower levels. This new data filter system needs to be a secure, more dynamic CDS. ATCorp is proposing the Adaptive Cross-Domain Enabling System or ACES to meet these goals. ACES will improve overall application performance of real-time control systems for the submarine mechanical and network systems. The ACES system is applicable to other systems like navigation and weapons, and for tactical networks that combine sea, air and land network assets.
Benefits: The results of this SBIR effort will be a new modular Cross-Domain Solution that will enable improved throughput and latency between applications in different security domains for the next-generation submarine. This new CDS system will improve shipboard operations and allow applications to execute in lower security domains reducing associated costs, restrictions, and data leakage opportunities. An ACES type of CDS can also be applied to tactical situations for dismounted soldiers also leading to similar cost reductions. Additionally, the modular nature of the CDS will enable a more modular ala carte methodology for creating new CDSes using pre-approved components to streamline approvals of CDS systems, reducing development costs