Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Are You Looking for Authenticated Encrypted Time Signals?

GPS-based time signals could be less robust and reliable - this has been discussed in various forums. Electric power systems rely on time synchronization you can trust.

In a new US DOE project (TASQC - Timing Authentication Secured by Quantum Correlations) experts are planning to develop authenticated encrypted time signals that mitigate known vulnerabilities in GPS-based time. The project aims to:
  • Develop and demonstrate a secure time distribution system using quantum-correlated signals over geographically wide area;
  • Develop and demonstrate protocols for time-stamp authentication for data reported from power systems;
  • Expand capability of the developed infrastructure for secure authentication of broadcast messages;
  • Evaluate the system for cyber- and physical-vulnerabilities;
  • Partner with industry to develop timing requirements for power systems and to refine design of system and protocols.
Phil Evans, Ph.D., TASQC Principle Investigator, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, respectfully requests your assistance for the TASQC project by both answering the questions in a brief survey, and distributing it amongst your colleagues in the electric power industry.

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