On June 9, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) posted an update to its upcoming Proposers’ Day for the HECTOR program (Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-17-05). The new date for the HECTOR Proposer’s Day is July 26, 2017. The registration deadline has been extended. The new deadline for registration is no later than 5:00PM EST July 19, 2017.
The Intelligence Community (IC) must balance the needs of policy compliance with providing access to data as needed to protect national security. The IC is also expected to maintain privacy of individuals while being as transparent as reasonably possible in its operations. Increasingly, IC organizations must collaborate with citizen groups, with other Government organizations that operate under different regulatory constraints, and with other nations. While solutions exist to protect data at rest and in transit, there is no protection for data being processed, which hinders opportunities for collaboration between different agencies, including mutually distrusting parties.
For existing approaches to data processing, compliance and access are competing requirements. Advanced cryptographic techniques have the potential to bridge this gap by protecting data in process, and limiting access to the results according to policy controls. This raises the possibility of developing distributed applications to allow different – even mutually distrusting – parties to collaborate securely on a shared computation for a result that all can trust. Currently, many of these cryptographic techniques are inefficient and also require significant cryptographic expertise to use them effectively.
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