Research objectives and content
The research project aims to introduce a minimum specification that supports interoperability for key escrow systems. This specification addresses key management issues that are critical to key escrow systems. The objective is to look into issues covering key generation, key distribution, key storage and key recovery both on users' and authorities' requests. The research explores all the characteristics of the various key escrow systems that are in use or under investigation and specifies a minimum set of them which will enable the communication among these schemes. The specification will be available to companies interested in offering interoperable key escrow components and it can serve as a basis for criteria for new key escrow schemes explored.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
Support is sought under this programme to fund Mr. Rantos as a full-time research (Ph.D.) student to carry out the proposed project. Mr. Rantos will be able to take advantage of the existing training facilities offered to all research students, including a regular Information Security research seminar and day to day access to a number of senior academics. The training will therefore be at the research level, of potential value both to industry and academia.
Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
The Ph.D. project will involve regular interactions with the existing ASPeCT project. This will follow naturally from the current employment of Mr. Rantos within the ASPeCT programme, and from the involvement in ASPeCT of Professor Chris Mitchell, Mr. Rantos's Ph.D. supervisor.