Exelis Receives NSA Certification for Self-Encrypting USB Drive

Exelis ( NYSE: XLS ) has received the National Security Agency’s “secret and below” certification for a self-encrypting, secure memory stick. The drive is the newest device in a portfolio of NSA-certified Exelis information assurance products offering secure data-at-rest, data-in-transit, communications, networking and storage solutions.

The USB drive’s encryption capability and economical design are made possible by the industry-leading size, weight and power efficiency of the Exelis Assured Architecture Information Systems AARIS®-457 and AARIS-777 system-on-a-chip security modules. The AARIS-457 and AARIS-777 were NSA-certified in 2011 for applications “secret and below” and “top secret and below,” respectively.

“Our technology expertise and our understanding of operational needs make us an excellent partner on information assurance projects with the highest security requirements,” said Mark Adams, vice president and general manager of the Exelis specialty applications business. “The knowledge that Exelis has gained during successive rounds of NSA certification will help guide our work on future projects, allowing us to streamline procedures and reduce the associated business risks for our customers.”

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Exelis AARIS secure network processers are critical information assurance components in a range of applications, from storage media to communications hardware, where the security of information is a top priority. The modularity and programmability of the chips combined with Exelis expertise in the NSA certification process can significantly simplify and accelerate module design and certification for a wide variety of custom information assurance projects.

Source: Exelis
Date: Mar 5, 2015