Department of Air Force Certification Grants Vindicator Authority to Operate Critical Asset Security on USAF Networks

Honeywell’s portfolio of Vindicator security technology, which is used to protect critical-infrastructure facilities across the globe, achieved a major milestone by being certified for use on U.S. Air Force data networks. The Authority to Operate (ATO) certification is a formal declaration recognizing Vindicator technologies can be safely installed on any network to protect “mission-critical” resources without exposing the organization to security risks. This makes it easier for USAF major commands and local bases to provision the Vindicator systems that best fit their needs.

Vindicator products tested and approved for ATO include the Vindicator Command & Control (VCC) platform, V5 Intrusion Detection System (IDS), V5 Access Control System (ACS), Security Archive Workstation (SAW), Vindicator Badge Manager 2 (VBM2) and the UHS-Net family of gateways and transponders.

These technologies enable operators to use a single workstation to manage security event information from perimeter intrusion, video detection, access control and fire systems. Vindicator solutions can utilize an existing or discrete facility network over any media transport: wire, RF, modem, fiber, etc., both encrypted and redundantly. This critical level of security is often required by government and military installations, industrial facilities and many correctional institutions.

In accordance with DoDI 8510.01, paragraph 6.7 and AFI 33.210, paragraph 3.14, the Vindicator system has been type accredited by Electronic Systems Center, Force Protection Branch (ESC/HSS), Hanscom AFB. The ATO was granted based on the certification determination of the AF C@ PIT Certifying Authority and supported by the analysis conducted through the C2 PIT risk assessment process.

“Critical infrastructure protection means more than just securing a perimeter or entry – it means protecting information,” said Franco van Heijningen, general manager for Honeywell Vindicator Technologies. “Achieving the ATO certification is a major step that will enable Air Force installations to use Vindicator technologies to create more efficient security systems that can protect their people, their assets, as well as their information.”

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