Friday, July 16, 2010

Making Sure Non-Compliant PDS Survives Growing Network Security Demands

In our meetings and discussions with military network operators, we often hear concerns about bringing PDS into compliance and maintaining Authority to Operate (ATO). Operational requirements to expand secure connections have caused many DAAs to re-evaluate existing waivers for secure network infrastructure being protected by a non-compliant PDS. Many units are struggling to come up with a cost-effective, easy-to-implement solution.

While C4 networks are a critical asset and enabler for U.S. military and government operations, they are becoming more and more of a target for our enemies as well. Due to the increased reliance and dependence of military personnel on C4 networks to conduct operations, maintaining the security and availability of these networks is essential – which is why many historical waivers for PDS systems are being rescinded or scheduled to expire. As a result, many network security managers are facing the question of how to meet stringent new requirements with limited budgets and short timelines.

In many cases, the options for bringing network security up to standard present a choice between the use of encryption or making significant changes to the cable infrastructure and pathways. These approaches can be completely disruptive to existing operations and/or can cost a significant amount of money.

The Interceptor alarmed carrier PDS offers an easy and cost effective way to bring classified networks such as SIPRNet and JWICS into compliance.

The Interceptor is ideal for both outside plant and indoor applications. When monitoring building-to-building links, it provides persistent network security and eliminates the need for daily, mandatory manhole inspections and in locations where required, the need to encase the duct banks in concrete.

Inside the building, Interceptor can be added to existing cables carried in legacy hardened PDS and mitigates most issues of non-compliance due to its persistent monitoring for intrusions into the PDS. An added benefit is that the need for daily visual inspections is eliminated because the system is now considered an Alarmed Carrier Hardened Distribution System (Reference NSTISSI 7003).

How does this help with waivers that will not be renewed? With plug-and-play capability, Interceptor can be rapidly added to new or existing network infrastructure – making migration from a waivered PDS system to a fully compliant PDS system quick and cost effective.

For more information about Interceptor as a means for bringing PDS into compliance, visit, and consult with your CTTA to ensure that any proposed system – hardened or alarmed – provides the necessary protection for unencrypted, classified national security information based upon your specific deployment.

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