Chris Cornillie: DARPA Investing in Encryption to Secure “Internet of Things”

13/08/2020 - 10:01

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking information on ways to secure billions of internet-connected devices against futuristic code-breaking tools, according to an Aug. 11 sources-sought notice.

DARPA officials envision a not-too-distant future in which billions, perhaps trillions, of small electronic devices – security cameras, drones, self-driving vehicles, and even household appliances like toasters – are connected over 5G wireless networks. The connectivity of devices forms the basis of what’s known as the “Internet of Things,” or the IoT. Because these devices are simple in terms of built-in computing power, robust encryption is often an afterthought.