Security in communications has long been a hot topic. Each of us wants to be sure that our information is not compromised just because a phone call was made, an email was sent, or we were merely browsing the Internet. While many industries can guarantee complete security, the fact remains that there are still flaws. Much of the information we transmit daily is of very little value to anyone else, but the opposite is true for those in the military.
Due to the demanded levels of necessary communication security for the military, iDirect Technologies, a Vision Technologies Systems Inc. company, has announced that the complete Transmission Security (TRANSEC) capabilities will become available in the fourth quarter of 2006. The military TDMA VSAT communications will be provided with three new critical security components through this enhanced technology.
In order to prevent an adversary from being able to extract information by monitoring network activity or intercepting secure transmission, the technology incorporates X.509 certificates, encrypted control and overhead as well as continuous traffic volumes to provide additional layers of security.
The anticipated software release features standard X.509 certificates that are designed to prevent the insertion of “unfriendly” remotes into a secured network. The X.509 certificates authenticate hub to remote connections and prevent the opposition’s remote from joining an iDirect network and intercepting its communications. While today’s environment is intended to make security breaches extremely complicated, the additional mechanisms are designed to render any breach in security even more difficult.
All network communications are provided an additional layer of security through the encryption of Layer 2, overhead and control data using AES 256 encryption. Due to increased levels of security of IP packets specifying the nature and destination of each transmission, adversaries are unable to extract information such as the source, destination and type of communication. This information is potentially crucial in identifying the nature of future operations.
iDirect’s TRANSEC capabilities are also expected to provide an extra level of security. Through a continuous wall of strongly encrypted traffic that remains constant, adversaries will be unable to detect fluctuations in traffic timing as well as volume – changes which could correlate to real world plans and activities.
iDirect networks have already been deployed in various branches of the military, including joint forces and special forces, in forward combat units. Logistics organizations, medical units and various support units in the middle east and domestically. As a result, these organizations rely on the iDirect platform for rapid deployment of high quality voice and video communications in highly remote conditions.
John Kealey, president and CEO, iDirect Technologies, noted that the incorporation of Transmission Security into the company’s software personifies iDirect’s dedication to military and intelligence applications. iDirect is fully committed to bringing the absolute highest levels of security to the iDirect platform and pleased to be able to deliver secure voice, video and data traffic to US combat forces.
iDirect’s current experience with the military has positioned the company well to understand the environment and the extensive security levels required to ensure military communications in any form are not compromised. The key to further success of solutions like TRANSEC will be continuous development and innovation as our enemies will not stop progressing toward hacking into our communications and improvements and advances in security must be a continuous process to ensure optimal security levels are maintained.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMC and has also written for eastbiz.com. To see more of her articles, please visit Susan J. Campbell’s columnist page.