General Dynamics to Develop High-Speed NSA Encryptor for US Military Networks

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General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, AZ received a $7.6 million contract to develop a new KG-530 SONET OC-768C in-line encryptor in support of a National Security Agency (NSA) initiative to secure and distribute data at 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) for US military and civilian government networks. The KG-530 will secure large image, data and video files, classified up to and including Top Secret, that travel through US military and government networks… The KG-530 is based on new hardware technology different from the 10- and 1-Gbps encryptors being used by NSA and the US Department of Defense, Government Computer News quoted Mike Guzelian, General Dynamic’s vice president of secure voice and data products, as saying. The new technology is capable of 100-Gbps encryption, he said. The KG-530 is scheduled to be fielded in 2011. There is no schedule for developing a 100-Gbps encryptor, but Guzelian said that a best guess for that would be around 2013. With more than 230,000 encryption devices currently used worldwide, General Dynamics information assurance products are compliant with the NSA’s High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor Interoperability Specification and networks including SONET, ATM and Ethernet.

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