CAN-US Security-Enhanced BlackBerry Trial: Security Evaluation Results

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Authors
  1. Murphy-Dye, B.
  2. Walczak, P.
  3. Kellett, M.
  4. Salmanian, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);SRI International, Albuquerque NM (US)
Abstract
The CAN-US Security Enhanced Blackberry Trial (the Trial) was conducted in a series of technical evaluations as a collaboration between Defence R&D Canada (DRDC) and the United States' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate's Cyber Security Research and Development program. The trial was designed to investigate three security problem areas related to wireless messaging, which if solved would benefit emergency responders. The first sought to overcome difficulties in the exchange of large numbers of public keys, the second concerned inadvertent release of sensitive information, and the third was to provide secure, redundant wireless connectivity for cellular based devices via commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) services in the event of primary infrastructure failure or inaccessibility. This report provides evidence that there are promising, new commercial solutions that may offer to solve these problems. We conclude that security features instantiated on wireless handheld devices must be highly usable especially under stressful conditions anticipated for users in the public safety community. Also, automated security policy enforcement mechanisms can be effective in supporting government agency security objectives, but diligent attention in configuration and administration is required for effective implementation.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TR-2007-243 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2007
Number of Pages
180
DSTKIM No
CA030332
CANDIS No
528801
Format(s):
CD ROM

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