Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Secure over the net [AAD141]

17 September 2014

Governments and private entities find it increasingly important to have secure communications over public networks, such as the internet. First-time AAD participant Parsec (Hangar 5, Stand A2) of South Africa believes its HSNE high-security network encryption is just the answer.

According to Tobie van Loggerenberg, business development director, branch offices connect to the headquarters and each other by means of the HSNE9200 gateway.

“This allows them to use the public network to create a virtual private network (VPN),” he explained. “The HSNE9200 configured as a registration authority then provides dynamic and secure registration for gateways wanting to join the VPN.”

When configured as the registration authority, the HSNE9200 issues enrolment and crypto officers with USB tokens with which to enrol and authenticate gateways in the VPN. Tamper-proof hardware encryption and secure hashing algorithms ensure that information is safeguarded.

Parsec’s solution also makes provision for clients who insist on their own security specialists designing and implementing custom encryption algorithms.

“Our HSNE9004 mobile gateway device allows for network systems requiring quick deployment and high mobility,” said van Loggerenberg. “This device is ideal for defence or government personnel to establish remote secure access with their headquarters via public and/or satellite networks.”

The company’s HSID5000 portable USB-based token uses advanced level cryptography to authenticate users. Two-factor authentication enables encryption and digital signing of emails and files, password storage, random number generation and digital certificates; with the token performing all functions internally.

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