Unisys Stealth Solution for Networks Certified by NSA to Protect Classified Government Data
Unisys announced that the Unisys Stealth Solution for Networks achieved EAL-4+ certification from the National Security Agency (NSA) as a secure solution for protection of data-in-motion across any network – private or public. This qualifies Stealth to protect U.S. Defense Department data classified up to the "secret" level.
The patent-pending Unisys Stealth Solution uses advanced data encryption to secure data on shared networks. Using the Unisys Stealth Solution, organizations can create defined communities of interest within a shared network and segregate data access so that one group of users cannot see or access another's data.
"Stealth has been successfully tested by U.S. Joint Forces Command, and last year a pilot project was completed for U.S. Special Operations Command," said Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. "These efforts, in addition to the recent certification, demonstrate the solid credentials of our Stealth solution."
"We recently completed our year-long evaluation of the Unisys Stealth Solution," said Vincent A. Murdock, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Information Technology Directorate, U.S. Joint Forces Command. "After careful evaluation at our Joint Intelligence Laboratory (JIL) on our closed networks, we determined that the system was able to successfully transmit, receive and manage data up to Secret level of classification on a distributed network. The JIL, located in Suffolk, Va., is designed to test, evaluate and assess processes and technologies that can assist DOD programs to better gather, share and use intelligence data."
The EAL-4+ certification was awarded by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), a U.S. government initiative headed by the NSA to test and validate security products and solutions. NIAP uses the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme to help government and industry organizations purchase security products and solutions that will best meet their requirements.
Unisys will work with Security First Corp., creator of the SecureParser cryptographic technology used in the Unisys Stealth solution, to apply the solution for meeting the most stringent security and data availability requirements of military organizations, government agencies and commercial enterprises. SecureParser cryptographically splits data (encrypts and "bit-splits" data, adds authentication and fault tolerant information) into multiple packets as it moves through the network and to storage devices, and then authenticates and reassembles the information packets for delivery exclusively to authorized users.
The Unisys Stealth Solution uses a Unisys-developed network virtualization technology and tunneling protocol that supports information sharing among different user communities, while permitting data to be accessed only by users authorized to see it.
"The NSA certification is a clear validation of the power of the Unisys Stealth Solution to secure sensitive data while enabling government agencies to simplify their networks and achieve significant cost savings by eliminating the need for separate dedicated secure networks within organizations," said Gene Zapfel, managing partner, portfolio solutions, Unisys Federal Systems. "This certification helps to give users even greater levels of assurance of the ability of the Unisys Stealth Solution to meet their security requirements."