PacStar® Tactical Comms Solution Enables Warfighters to Securely Transmit Sensitive Data Using Wi-Fi and LTE-Enabled Devices
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To meet growing DoD demand for secure warfighter mobility, PacStar today announced Secure Wireless Command Post (SWCP) Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) - a small modular tactical communications package that allows warfighters to securely transmit sensitive data in battlefield and tactical environments using their smartphones, tablets, laptops or other commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) mobile devices.
The majority of information systems warfighters use in theater provide access to controlled unclassified information (CUI) previously known as Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU). The Department of Defense (DoD) gains better situational awareness when more tactical information is available to uncleared warfighters. The problem is significant portions of critical tactical information is classified, causing challenges for the majority of warfighters who are not cleared for access to secret information.
PacStar SWCP CUI addresses DoD requirements for secure mobility by enabling warfighter end user devices to utilize built-in commercial Wi-Fi or LTE radios - eliminating the need for external or type-1 cryptographic equipment. The PacStar system provides voice, video and data in protocols compatible with Wi-Fi or VPN encryption.
“Technology advancements by adversaries demand that warfighters have the same secure communications experience while on the move as they do at-the-halt, and this experience must be delivered in a smaller form factor - whether to fit in a backpack of a dismounted soldier or integrated into a transport vehicle,” said Charlie Kawasaki, chief technical officer, PacStar. “SWCP CUI is a first-of-its-kind modular communications package that allows warfighters to securely transmit sensitive information over Wi-Fi and LTE - greatly enhancing warfighter mobility.”
Based on PacStar integrated solutions, SWCP CUI is already accredited and fielded by US Department of Defense tactical network programs for both SIPRnet and NIPRnet wireless access. The system includes a comprehensive suite of common criteria and FIPS evaluated COTS security controls that meet DoD wireless requirements and can support simultaneous Wi-Fi and VPN connectivity.
Additional features of SWCP CUI include:
- Complete, standalone system encompassing all CUI cybersecurity components (PKI, HSM, Authentication Systems, Firewalls, WIDS, IDS, etc.) necessary to meet DoD requirements and guidelines.
- Technologies listed on the Common Criteria, FIPS, and JITC evaluated or approved lists, easing certification and accreditation processes.
- Expandable/modular system may be customized with added networks or alternative component technologies.
- Rugged, MIL-STD tested, PacStar 400-Series modules and packages that optimize SWaP and maximize deployment flexibility.
- PacStar IQ-Core® Crypto Manager, providing CUI WiFi-specific capabilities including PKI management, digital certificates and SIEM in accordance with government requirements.
Kawasaki adds, “Defensive postures of the past operated in a much more stationary battlefield environment and it was simply assumed that communications would be limited as warfighters moved from position to position. SWCP CUI will enable entirely new modes of communication when paired with widespread wireless access technologies at the edge of the network.”
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Pacific Star Communications, Inc. (PacStar) is a leading provider of advanced communications solutions for a wide range of military and commercial applications. PacStar is the creator and manufacturer of rugged, small form factor expeditionary and mobile communications systems and developer of integrated, network communications management software - for the military, federal, state/local government and emergency responder markets. The company’s patented IQ-Core® Software, hardware technology and integration services provide secure, command, control and communications systems, particularly in remote or infrastructure starved areas. In addition, PacStar’s communications systems are ideally suited for commercial/industrial organizations with mission-critical field communications requirements. For additional information, please visit https://pacstar.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @pacstarcomm.