Trio Vying For Encryption Work

    Date18 Oct 2002
    CategoryCryptography
    3667
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The National Security Agency recently selected three vendor teams to compete to develop Gigabit Ethernet encryptors (GigEE) supporting the secure exchange of top-secret information at speeds of at least 1 gigabit/sec over commercial Internet Protocol wide-area networks. . . The National Security Agency recently selected three vendor teams to compete to develop Gigabit Ethernet encryptors (GigEE) supporting the secure exchange of top-secret information at speeds of at least 1 gigabit/sec over commercial Internet Protocol wide-area networks.

    ViaSat Inc., L-3 Communications and General Dynamics C4 Systems recently were awarded 30-month, $10 million development contracts, and are all competing for future production awards, said Bruce Rowe, ViaSat's director of marketing and communications.

    One gigabit/sec is the equivalent of about 48,000 typewritten pages per second, according to General Dynamics C4 Systems, a division of General Dynamics Corp.

    All three companies are developing their tools in compliance with the NSA's High Assurance IP Interoperability Specification (HAIPIS), which will ensure interoperability with all future generations of IP encryptors developed for government agencies.

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