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Proposal Number: 0711053
Proposal Title: Accelerated Encryption Key Recovery Using FPGAs
Topic Number: H-SB07.1-006
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Enhanced Project Safe-Cracker
Organization: Crucial Security Inc.
Address: 14900 Conference Center Drive, Suite 225
Chantilly, VA 20151-3833  
Abstract: This proposal describes a system that would expedite the lawful decryption of encrypted containers by leveraging the computational speed of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The proposed system, which is partially hardware-based, will provide dramatic increases in speed when compared to purely software-based solutions. In addition to being able to increase speed, the solution is also highly scalable, as up to 28 of the recommended FPGAs can be used in parallel on a single desktop computer. During Phase I, Crucial Security will design and develop a proof of concept tool to recover data that has been encrypted with an open source encryption product. The work during this phase will involve comparing the performance of the proposed solution, using a single FPGA, against a pure software-based system. The work will form the foundation for subsequent development for decryption of multiple common encryption container formats. It will also open the door to using multiple FPGAs in parallel to achieve even greater performance gains.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC080023
Period of Performance: 10/22/2007 - 05/07/2008
Award/Contract Value: $97,916.49
Award/Obligated Amount: $97,916.49