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EADS North America's Ectocryp Black approved for CWID

9th June 2011 - 08:42 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


EADS North America's Ectocryp Black encryption device has been approved to participate in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed annual Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) in June. The event consists of a simulated, US-led coalition operation that includes various components of homeland security and homeland defense mission scenarios.

The high channel capacity of the Ectocryp Black encryption device will support the goals of the exercise by enabling interoperability among numerous secure voice communications systems at geographically disparate locations, hosted on a combination of secure and unclassified networks.

The military aspect of this year's event will use the Afghan Mission Network (AMN) as the operational backdrop to demonstrate the integration of mature information-sharing technologies that support coalition mission planning and execution. During the 9-day event, mission-specific role players using the CWID unclassified (CWID-U) network will make several secure voice calls per day using Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol, or SCIP, terminals. The Ectocryp Black gateway will enable role players at Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) to receive those calls on the CWID secret network (CWID-S).

"At CWID 2011, Ectocryp Black will make an important contribution to the exercise objectives by supporting a scalable communication architecture and providing interoperability among multiple secure voice systems operating in disparate bandwidth domains," said David Oliver, Chief Operating Officer at EADS North America. "Through this trial, we hope to demonstrate this capability to a wider Department of Defense audience, gain feedback on its utility to our warfighters, and better understand any enhancements or adaptations that would benefit them."

During the exercise, the Ectocryp Black unit will be located at the CWID Joint Command Task Force headquarters at United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in Suffolk, Va. The role players on the CWID-U network will be remotely located in Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in Colorado Springs, Colo., Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, Calif., and a remote deployment at JFCOM itself. During the event, users will evaluate Ectocryp Black's performance under a CWID ‘warfighter assessment'.

Ectocryp Black uses a common commercial off-the-shelf hardware architecture that can be programmemed to perform various cryptographic functions, allowing the suite of products to meet the changing needs of communications and information networks. Capable of simultaneously handling up to 92 channels of SCIP voice communication, the gateway can provide interoperability between SCIP telephones and secure speech networks to a greater degree than any existing system of its size. It also can interface to secure Voice over IP (VoIP) networks, providing interoperability between the different secure voice technologies.

Cassidian Systems, the division of EADS that developed the Ectocryp Black technology, showcased a U.K. variant of the technology during CWID 2010 at the event's U.K. location. In September 2010 Ectocryp Black was certified by the United Kingdom's information assurance agency (CESG) to the equivalent of US Type 1 certification necessary to protect Top Secret information.

Source: EADS North America

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