Curtiss-Wright receives encryption certification for secure data storage in trusted computing uses

ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., has received Common Criteria certification for the hardware and software disk encryption layers in the company's Data Transport System (DTS1) network-attached storage device.

By Mil & Aero staff
By Mil & Aero staff

ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., has received Common Criteria certification for the hardware and software disk encryption layers in the company's Data Transport System (DTS1) network-attached storage device.

The DTS1 is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) data-at-rest data storage device that supports two layers of disk encryption. In the U.S., the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) validates COTS information technology (IT) products to ensure they conform to the international Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS), which is recognized around the world by 17 Certificate-Producing countries and by 11 Certificate Consuming countries.

Having received certification, the hardware and software full-disk encryption layers in the DTS1 are listed on the U.S. NIAP Product Compliant List.

Curtiss-Wright also has obtained National Security Agency (NSA) approval for use of the two Common Criteria-certified full-disk encryption layers as Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) components for secure data storage.

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As a result, the two DTS1 encryption layers are listed on the NSA's CSfC components list and can be proposed as a data-at-rest solution. Selecting a pre-approved device from the CSfC components list enables systems designers to reduce the time and cost of building COTS encryption.

The DTS1 uses CSfC two-layer encryption, an NSA-approved approach for protecting classified National Security Systems (NSS) information in aerospace and defense applications.

By incorporating a two-layer encrypted CSfC solution, which uses cost-effective commercial encryption technologies in a layered solution, system integrators quickly and affordably can develop and deploy secure data-at-rest trusted computing solutions.

The NSA established the CSfC program as an alternative approach to the more expensive and time-consuming Type 1 encryption to protect Top Secret data. The rugged small-form-factor DTS1 stores and protects large amounts of data on helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft that must protect sensitive data.

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NIAP evaluation is structured to meet CCEVS and is conducted by a Common Criteria Testing Laboratory (CCTL) accredited under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).

The DTS1 network-attached storage system was evaluated by Gossamer Security Solutions Inc. in Catonsville, Md., which is approved to conduct testing and evaluation for Common Criteria and FIPS 140-2 encryption.

For more information contact Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions online at www.curtisswrightds.com, or Gossamer Security Solutions www.gossamersec.com.

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