Distributed Key System Broken Up Over Multiple Nodes

'Cryptography Tutorials – Herong’s Tutorial Examples' tutorial book was cited in a Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS 2013) paper in 2013.

The Cryptography Tutorials – Herong’s Tutorial Examples tutorial book was cited in a Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS 2013) paper in 2013.

Subject: Can A Distributed Key System Broken Up Over Multiple Nodes 
   Provide Greater Security Robustness While Meeting System 
   Performance Requirements
Date: May 26, 2013
Author: James Redman et al.
Source: http://micsymposium.org/mics_2013_Proceedings/submissions


The need for increased network security has never been greater, with a
new high profile security breach seemingly occurring on a weekly 
basis. Encryption can be a valuable tool in increasing network 
security, however, its weakness often resides in the vulnerability of 
the cryptographic key. If a given node in a network contains the whole
key and it is compromised, then the network’s security is breached. 
Also, if the key is destroyed then all the information it protects 
could be lost. In this paper we look at the option of breaking the key
up over multiple nodes, in this case six, while only three nodes are 
necessary to replicate the key and unlock the lock. This hopefully 
creates greater security while also providing a greater level of fault
tolerance by allowing retrieval of the entire key even if three of the
nodes are compromised.



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[2] T. Ylonen and C. Lonvick, The Secure Shell (SSH) Authentication 
   Protocol, IETF RFC 4252, January 2006; 
[3] Y. Herong. (2013). Cryptography Tutorials – 
   Herong’s Tutorial Examples. [Online].
   Available: http://www.herongyang.com/Cryptography/.

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