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C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

PacStar and Fidelis introduce cyber solution for mobile forces

13 March 2018

PacStar and Fidelis Cybersecurity have developed an integrated cybersecurity capability for tactical networks.

The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System provides automated detection and response for protecting in-theatre communications. The system can be mounted in a vehicle or set up in the field.

The system leverages technology that PacStar uses for its secure wireless along with Fidelis’ Elevate platform.The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System provides automated detection and response for protecting tactical network communications. The system leverages PacStar’s secure wireless capability along with Fidelis’ Elevate platform. (PacStar)The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System provides automated detection and response for protecting tactical network communications. The system leverages PacStar’s secure wireless capability along with Fidelis’ Elevate platform. (PacStar)

In mid-2017, PacStar announced the development of its Secure Wireless Command Post, enabling military forces to use mobile devices where they were previously limited to wired systems. The advance was made possible by the US National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) programme, which required PacStar to implement cybersecurity capabilities on wireless networks, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and Public Key Infrastructure, in order to make it work, Charlie Kawasaki, chief technical officer for PacStar, told Jane’s .

The company transitioned the technology for its secure wireless into this new capability, Kawasaki said.

The new system detects threats and brings them to the attention of operators and administrators, so that they can see what is occurring and can take appropriate action.

Two types of cybersecurity solutions are offered. One is called hunt mission kits, which would be used by advanced cybersecurity-trained specialists who would either be deployed into theatre or attached to the upper echelons, Kawasaki noted. These specialists are equipped with the necessary tools and training to conduct forensics and hunt for cyber threats.

The other solution offers automated detection and response. The capability enables the Fidelis technology in a small form factor to operate throughout the network infrastructure, at the edge, collecting and analysing data almost unattended.

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