Cassidian-developed voice encryption device approved by The National Security Agency (NSA)

ECTOCRYP® BLACK device is now approved by U.S. government to protect top secret voice communications
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July 6, 2012 - PRLog -- Farnborough Airshow July 9, 2012—The National Security Agency (NSA) has approved ECTOCRYP® Black voice encryption device to encrypt secure voice callsup to and including those classified as top secreton U.S. government communications networks. EADS North America has been working with NSA and the device recently underwent NSA evaluation and received its Approval to Operate, which is equivalent to the agency’s Type 1 designation.

“This approval shows that ECTOCRYP® Black has been through the same rigorous degree of security assessment as other Type 1 encryption products on the market, has demonstrated its effectiveness, and can be trusted by end users in the Department of Defense to fully protect their information,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice President of Operations for EADS North America.

ECTOCRYP® Black allows userswho may be on a combination of classified and unclassified phone networks in several locationsto talk to each other seamlessly through one purpose-built gateway. It enables interoperability between red and black enclaves, secure teleconferencing and point-to-point communication. As technology standards evolve, the programmable encryption platform can be adapted to keep pace with them and provide interoperability with different types of networks.

“What Approval to Operate really means is that ECTOCRYP® Black is now an accepted encryption solution that not only raises the bar for interoperability, it offers capability today that enables the Department of Defense to meet current and future secure voice communications needs,” said Tom Darcy, Vice President of EADS North America’s Defense Electronics and Systems line of business.

The product has demonstrated interoperability with other Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) devices during government testing, and has been evaluated by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).

With four T1 interfaces providing a capacity of 92 simultaneous individual calls, ECTOCRYP® Black provides interoperability between SCIP telephones and secure speech networks to a greater degree than any existing system of its size. When used in conjunction with media gateways, it also gives red enclaves interoperability with both time division multiplexing- and internet protocol (IP)-based voice systems. The system is scalable, offering the ability to expand the call capacity by 92 users with each additional unit.

Developed by Cassidian CyberSecurity as part of a line of programmable cryptographic devices, ECTOCRYP® Black uses a common commercial off-the-shelf hardware architecture that can be programmed to accommodate new features and technology standards. This allows it to meet the evolving needs of communications and information networks.

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of €5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.

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EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $12 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 220,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.


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