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Genomics and Proteomics Based Security Protocols for Secure Network Architectures Open Access

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Network security is a vital component of the design of any network. There are five main requirements to be addressed in developing a secure network: Authentication, confidentiality, data integrity, non-repudiation, and access control. In vivo, biomolecular cellular systems of gene expression authenticate themselves through various means such as transcription factors and promoter sequences. These factors also enforce access control. They have means of retaining confidentiality of the meaning of genome sequences through processes such as control of protein expression. They are capable of establishing data integrity and non-repudiation through transcriptional and translational controls. A suite of genomics and proteomics based authentication and confidentiality protocols will be demonstrated that augment traditional network security approaches with concepts from molecular biology via the regulation of gene expression. These protocols are agnostic to their implementation and can be incorporated into any existing network security protocol (Secure http, SSL, TLS, IPSec, etc.) or any future network security strategy. The protocols can be implemented for implementing web-based security strategies, digital signatures, digital rights management, and general purpose encryption for data in motion or data at rest.These protocols will provide new challenges for network attackers by forcing them to work in both the information security domain and the molecular biology domain. Although no security strategy is without vulnerabilities, the intent of this work is to present a completely new set of problems for network attackers.

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