NSA looks to GTE Fastlane for ATM encryption

Data security experts at the U.S. National Security Agency in Washington needed reliable encryption services for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) data networks. They found their solution in the Fastlane ATM encryptor - known as the KG-75 - from GTE Government Systems Corp. in Needham Heights, Mass.

Jun 1st, 1997

Data security experts at the U.S. National Security Agency in Washington needed reliable encryption services for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) data networks. They found their solution in the Fastlane ATM encryptor - known as the KG-75 - from GTE Government Systems Corp. in Needham Heights, Mass.

Fastlane offers high-speed, low-latency security for multimedia applications on local-area and wide-area ATM networks in several communications modes with key management. It provides authentication and end-to-end protection of user information at levels as high as TS/SCI.

Fastlane users select the security level for each communications session. Once established, the secure ATM link can operate dynamically at several security levels when linked to a trusted host computer that indicates the security level of each ATM connection. Fastlane encryption can support an individual user or can provide security to several users at once over a local area network.

Fastlane features include secure release on designated channels; external control via a trusted host; adherence to ATM Forum UNI 3.1 specification; end-to-end "key-agile" encryption; NSA-approved DOD type 1 security to TS/SCI; system-high or multi-level security; support for as many as 4,096 active cryptographically isolated ATM connections - upgradable to 16,000 connections; public key cryptography and traditional key fill; automated network security management; and support for DS1, DS3, SONET OC-3C, and OC-12. - J.K.

For more information on Fastlane, contact Erica Vanderhoof of GTE by phone at 617-455-5180; by fax at 617-455-4015; by e-mail at erica.vanderhoof@gsc.gte.com; by mail at 77 A St., Needham Heights, Mass., 02194-2892; or on the World Wide Web at http://www.gte.com/.

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