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20 Dec 22. GDMS’ New TACLANE-C175N CHVP Encryptor Receives NSA Certification. General Dynamics Mission Systems announced today that its TACLANE-C175N CHVP encryptor has been certified for use by the National Security Agency (NSA). This new, small-form-factor HAIPE® encryptor provides high-assurance security, interoperability, and mission-focused features in a single device with less handling requirements and safe-keying capabilities that secure classified information. Designed and certified to the NSA’s high-assurance security standards, the TACLANE-C175N encryptor is a non-controlled, cryptographic item (non-CCI) device that protects voice and data communications classified secret and below.
Consistent with the Committee on National Security Systems Instruction (CNSSI) 4031, the TACLANE-C175N CHVP requires less handling and accountability compared with other Type 1 encryption products, expanding the use of certified devices in high-risk environments where there is greater probability of unplanned leave behind in unmanned operations or tactical units. The TACLANE-C175N CHVP solution offers trusted security, and provides multiple performance and feature benefits, including:
- 200 Mb/s aggregate throughput supporting analytics and video streaming at the network edge
- Military standard ruggedization and size, weight and power (SWaP) optimization
- Advanced networking and performance even in disadvantaged networks
- Tamper and TEMPEST protections
- Adverse event handling features such as Render Useless Zeroize (RUZ) and Heartbeat Signaling to ‘brick’ the device
- Lower total cost of ownership as compared to Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) solution with minimal network integration, maintenance and no yearly registration
- Remote configuration, management and control of device and keying using GEM® One Encryptor Manager (Source: ASD Network)
15 Dec 22. Invictus wins contract to update DIA’s top-secret intranet. The Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed the winner of a “significant” IT modernization contract it announced this week: Washington, D.C.-based cybersecurity firm Invictus.
The contract is to modernize the top-secret Joint Worldwide Intelligence Collection System, or JWICS. DIA announced the deal Wednesday, but did not initially reveal the winning company. It’s the largest investment ever made in the network used by the intelligence community and the Department of Defense to transmit sensitive information, agency officials said. The DIA, which provides the U.S. Department of Defense with information about foreign countries’ military capabilities, manages it.
Program manager Katie Lipps told reporters during a briefing at the DoD Intelligence Information Systems Worldwide conference in San Antonio, Texas, Thursday that Invictus is the lead on the eight-year contract and will have a diverse team of subcontractors.
JWICS was designed in the 1990s to provide secure video teleconferencing between DoD and DIA headquarters, but its scope and user base has grown significantly since then. The network now includes data and email services and has more than 200,000 users, according to DIA Chief Information Officer Doug Cossa.
That increased demand, a need for greater security and a desire to incorporate new technology are the drivers behind the JWICS modernization initiative, he said during a Dec. 15 briefing.
“It has become the connective tissue that brings everything together — whether that’s collection or analysis that supports strategic competition,” Cossa said.
The modernization program will focus on three lines of effort: replacing outdated infrastructure; improving cybersecurity; and ensuring that the system can meet the long-term requirements of military and intelligence community users. One area of interest for the agency is making JWICS more mobile so that it can operate in hard-to-reach areas using secure satellite communication networks.
“We’re now looking all around the world at some of the most difficult possible places to provide connectivity to,” Cossa said. “Traditionally, our networks have been terrestrial, so looking at physical fiber lines, undersea cables that connect us with the rest of our sites around the world. . . . What if that doesn’t exist in the future, especially in those hard-to-navigate areas?” (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
19 Dec 22. Kromek Group plc (AIM: KMK), a leading developer of radiation and bio-detection technology solutions for the advanced imaging and CBRN detection segments, has entered into a distribution agreement with Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Smiths Detection will market and distribute the Group’s wearable radiation detection and identification solutions in the Middle East and certain key markets in Asia and Australasia. This expands the Group’s existing agreement, as announced on 7 July 2022, with Smiths Detection Inc. for distribution in North and South American markets. To date, the Group has delivered over 1,000 detectors under this partnership.
Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek Group, said: “We are pleased to be expanding our agreement with Smiths Detection to include the distribution and marketing of our solutions to the Middle East and parts of Asia and Australasia. This underscores the strength of our relationship and is a great endorsement of our products. With security forces globally requiring increasingly sophisticated solutions to guard against the threats of nuclear terrorism and the illicit movement of materials, the demand for our high-performance nuclear security products continues to grow.”
Michael Lea, Global Director Defence of Smiths Detection, added “Smiths Detection are delighted to have entered into an agreement with Kromek to distribute their world-class products. We believe that they will meet the requirements of many customers across many different markets and will add a new dimension to the range of products available from Smiths Detection.”
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Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, internationally renowned award-winning information security and communications specialist with a proven record of accomplishment.
Spectra is a dynamic, agile and security-accredited organisation that offers secure Hosted and Managed Solutions and Cyber Advisory Services with a track record of delivering on time, to spec and on budget.
With over 15 years of experience in delivering solutions for governments around the globe, elite militaries and private enterprises of all sizes, Spectra’s platinum and gold-level partnerships with third-party vendors ensure the supply of best value leading-edge technology.
Spectra was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2019 for SlingShot.
In November 2017, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd announced its listing as a Top 100 Government SME Supplier by the UK Crown Commercial Services.
Spectra’s CEO, Simon Davies, was awarded 2017 Businessman of the Year by Battlespace magazine.
Founded in 2002, the Company is based in Hereford, UK and holds ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013 and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.