2022 Data Authentication Demonstration: Exploration of Host and Inspector Confidence in
Hardware, Software, and Data

Jay Brotz - Sandia National Laboratories
Erin Connolly - United States
Elin Enger - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
Martin Goliath - Sweden
Neil Grant - United Kingdom
Ian Hayes - AWE Aldermaston
Steinar Høibråten - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Rob Hughes - United Kingdom
Sindre Kaald - Institute for Energy Technology
Justin Knowles - Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN, USA.
Peter Marleau - Sandia National Laboratories
Sarah E. McOmish - AWE Aldermaston
Jeffrey Preston - Y 12 National Security Complex
Ole Reistad - Institute for Energy Technology
Ben Stanley - United Kingdom
Alicia Swift - Y-12 National Security Complex
Ryan Tan - United States
Matthew Thornbury - Y-12 National Security Complex
Glen Warren - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jens Wirstam - Sweden
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The Quad Nuclear Verification Partnership (Quad) completed the Data Authentication Demonstration in June 2022 at Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12). The Data Authentication Demonstration explored authentication (i.e., trust) and certification (i.e., safety and security) concepts on hardware, software, and data under representative constraints for a hypothetical nuclear disarmament scenario. The Quad consists of members from Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Quad sought to demonstrate the use of equipment within sensitive facilities (such as Y-12), while exploring the impact of host-facility certification procedures on inspector authentication of the verification data produced. With this demonstration, the Quad investigated an approach to use inspector-provided technology in a host facility while also satisfying the host’s certification needs. This demonstration used Sandia National Laboratories’ wired Chain of Custody Item Monitor as the example technology, which was provided to Y-12 by a non-US Quad partner country. This paper will outline demonstration activities, outcomes, and findings with respect to host and inspector confidence.