Safety Certification and Security

  • Getting up to speed on NSA-approved two-layer commercial encryption

    The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) created the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program to enable the use of commercial data protection in layered solutions to protect classified National Security Systems (NSS) data. Thanks to CSfC, system designers can now deploy a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution with encrypted data protection in a matter of months and at a fraction of the cost, compared to the multiple years and millions of dollars typically required to achieve certification for more sensitive Type 1 products. Type 1 products, certified by the NSA to cryptographically secure classified U.S. Government information, use approved NSA algorithms. These products are typically designed and certified by the NSA through a rigorous and often very lengthy process.

  • The advantages of netbooting for embedded systems

    As a greater number of intelligent systems are deployed on platforms such as ground vehicles, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs), it becomes increasingly challenging to ensure that each of the platform’s multiple embedded computers has been updated with the latest and correct version of runtime and/or mission software. Unfortunately, the process of installing the required software onto an embedded module or intelligent system can be labor- and cost-intensive.


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