EADS North America's Voice Encryption Device Proves Successful at JITC

The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has completed testing of EADS North America's ECTOCRYP® Black high-capacity voice encryption device at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. The device, which recently was certified by the National Security Agency, successfully demonstrated its ability to operate seamlessly with U.S. government networks of a variety of classifications and existing equipment during the recent trials.

With four T1 interfaces that allow for 92 simultaneous individual calls per unit and the ability to store hundreds of cipher keys, ECTOCRYP® Black provides interoperability between classified and unclassified networks to a greater degree than any existing system of its size, as well as potential key management efficiencies. Through the device, users on unclassified networks equipped with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP)-compliant phones can communicate transparently with secured enclaves and engage in enterprise services, such as secure teleconferencing with multiple locations.

"I'm proud that our encryption technology has demonstrated its ability to meet the Department of Defense's network requirements for secure voice communications," said Sean O'Keefe, Chairman and CEO of EADS North America. "The high capacity and flexibility of ECTOCRYP® Black will make secure, interoperable voice communications possible for the U.S. government on a larger scale than ever before."

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Developed by EADS' Cassidian division 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 to provide interoperability with different types of networks as current networks change. For example, when used in conjunction with media gateways, ECTOCRYP® Black gives red enclaves interoperability with both time division multiplexing (TDM)- and internet protocol (IP)-based voice systems.

Source: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V. (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Aug 28, 2012