The U.S. Air Force awarded a $49.9 million indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract to ITT Corp., Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division, of Herndon, VA for upgrades to the Information Support Server Environment (ISSE) guard cyber security system. ITT will provide the design, development, integration, and sustainment of new ISSE guard features and capabilities. The contract (FA8750-09-D-0002) also includes maintenance of fielded ISSE guard systems and installations of a new ISSE guard software version for government agencies. At this time, $439,000 has been obligated under the contract. The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY manages the contract.
According to Globalsecurity.org, the ISSE guard system provides a secure interface for exchange of information between Top Secret SCI systems and Secret Collateral systems operating over strategic and tactical wide or local area networks. The system consists of the Common Guard Interface application, hosted on high security side users’ workstations and the application running on the B-1 certified CyberGuard Night Hawk platform. The ISSE is a bi-directional cyber security system supporting the high-to-low and low-to-high security transfer of email and image files and the high-to-low security transfer of text files. The system provides the functionality required to securely connect, validate, downgrade and transfer information between systems and networks operating at different security levels, while the CGI provides high security side users with an interface to the ISSE.