DISA Voice Services Purchases Voice Encryption Device From EADS North America

DISA Voice Services Purchases Voice Encryption Device From EADS North America 
ECTOCRYP(R) BLACK Units Are Now Deployed at a Defense Enterprise
Computing Center; Device Helps Meet Requirements for Next-Generation
Secure Voice Services 
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/22/13 --  The Defense Information
Systems Agency (DISA) has signed an agreement with EADS North America
to purchase three units of its ECTOCRYP(R) Black high-capacity secure
voice encryption device. The device, which recently was approved for
operation by the National Security Agency and evaluated by the Joint
Interoperability Test Command, helps DISA meet the U.S. government's
requirements for next-generation secure voice services, including
communications that are more agile. 
Compared to other Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol
devices, ECTOCRYP(R) Black's combination of high capacity, relatively
small size and programmability enables options for secure voice
communications that previously were not possible.  
"Voice communications in the commercial world are quickly evolving,
and everything is becoming more mobile," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS
North America Chairman and CEO. "ECTOCRYP(R) Black enables top secret
security for sensitive communications without sacrificing the
flexibility that end users have grown accustomed to in their personal
DISA will deploy the ECTOCRYP(R) Black encryption units in two of its
Defense Enterprise Computing Centers. EADS North America delivered
the units, and supported installation and integration in one of the
With four T1 interfaces that allow for 92 simultaneous individual
calls per unit and the ability to store hundreds of cipher keys,
ECTOCRYP(R) Black provides interoperability between classified and
unclassified networks to a greater degree than any existing system of
its size, as well as potential key management efficiencies. Through
the device, users on unclassified networks equipped with Secure
Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP)-compliant phones can
communicate transparently with secured enclaves and engage in
enterprise services, such as secure teleconferencing with multiple
Developed by EADS' Cassidian division as part of a line of
programmable cryptographic devices, ECTOCRYP(R) Black uses a common
commercial off-the shelf hardware architecture that can be programmed
to accommodate new features and technology standards to provide
interoperability with different types of networks as current networks
change. For example, when used in conjunction with media gateways,
ECTOCRYP(R) Black gives red enclaves interoperability with both time
division multiplexing (TDM) and internet protocol (IP)-based voice
About EADS North America 
 EADS North America is the U.S.-based
operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related
services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy
annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network
of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va.,
offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and
commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft,
homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense
electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems. 
About Cassidian
 Cassidian, the defence division of EADS, is a
worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company
delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from
sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and
unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides
customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security
solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian -- with
around 23,000 employees -- achieved revenues of EUR 5.7 billion. 
About EADS
 EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related
services. In 2012, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian
and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 56.5 billion and employed
a workforce of over 140,000. 
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