General Dynamics Conducts Successful Border Security Technology Pilot in Texas
FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology has conducted a successful pilot of its Relocatable-Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) solution for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The company has established a teaming agreement with Parsons Government Services Inc., to support CBP with the deployment of six relocatable systems in Laredo and McAllen, Texas. CBP plans to expand the deployment across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas in 2018.
Adaptable to multiple environments, the Relocatable-RVSS is a multi-sensor surveillance system that allows for flexible and rapid deployments. This provides U.S. Border Patrol Agents with advanced real-time situational awareness and the ability to predict, detect, track, deter, respond and resolve threats in remote locations. Throughout the pilot’s testing, the Relocatable-RVSS proved effective in increasing officer safety, intelligence and mission effectiveness and was adaptive to wide-ranging operational needs.
“General Dynamics is committed to supporting CBP’s mission to help increase the security of the nation’s borders,” said Mike Cassidy, acting general manager and senior vice president for operations of General Dynamics IT’s Global Solutions division. “The successful pilot and deployment of the Relocatable-RVSS delivers advanced technologies and demonstrates its operational value in providing enhanced tactical and mobile surveillance.”
In July 2013, CBP awarded General Dynamics a contract to upgrade the RVSS capability along the southern U.S. border. CBP announced in April 2017 that the General Dynamics RVSS solution had achieved a ‘Full Operating Capability’ designation. To date, General Dynamics has tested, installed and deployed the RVSS system across 68 sites in Arizona.
General Dynamics has a diverse portfolio of physical and border security contracts with DHS, the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. The company has provided a wide range of integrated security systems leveraging next generation wireless network infrastructure, secure mobile communications, operational support systems and advanced surveillance systems such as electro-optical and infrared long-range cameras. Notable programs include: the Tactical Communications Modernization, Commercial Tier 1 Carrier Wireless Network Infrastructure and Rescue 21. Additionally, the company is supporting large technology integration programs, including the consolidation of DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths Campus.
BOSTON, January 25, 2018 – Forum Systems Inc., a pioneer in API security technology, today announced industry-first capabilities in its award-winning Forum Sentry API Security Gateway that enable enterprises and government organizations to securely leverage the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for key business initiatives. Further advancing the state-of-the-art in API security gateway technology, Forum Sentry now features a REST API for rapid deployment in virtual, cloud and containerized environments.
Now, more than ever, organizations are adopting on-demand platforms to power their businesses. In fact, Forrester forecasts that in 2018 “more than 50% of global enterprises will rely on at least one public cloud platform to drive digital transformation and delight customers.”
Addressing these realities, while offering maximum deployment flexibility, Forum Systems is making Forum Sentry available in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) form factor to ensure customers launch security-hardened Amazon EC2 instances. Additionally, the new REST API supports autonomous deployment and fully automated provisioning of Forum Sentry in elastic computing environments.
“Amazon and other major cloud providers require customers to allow root administrator access to their infrastructure. While a boon to the cloud companies – which benefit from a wealth of monitoring and metrics data – these pathways lay bare customers’ operating systems to potential attack and compromise,” said Forum Systems CEO Mamoon Yunus. “By routing their network traffic through Forum Sentry, organizations can securely harness the power of virtualization, cloud computing, and containers – and achieve peace of mind.”
The only API security gateway to achieve NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Common Criteria NIAP Network Device Protection Profile certification, Forum Sentry protects and accelerates data exchange and API service access across networks and business boundaries, significantly reducing the cost and complexity of centralizing security, identity, and governance. Serving as an information broker deployed as a logical API protecting applications and services, Forum Sentry precludes clients from directly accessing application and services tiers. This unmatched level of security prevents identity compromise and enables SSO authentication and session management achievement – without required code changes or manipulation to backend systems.
To continue to differentiate itself from the competition and deliver customer value, Forum Systems introduced several other key capabilities in this latest version of Forum Sentry, including:
- Richer Performance Metrics, Analytics and Reporting Capabilities – Forum Sentry now provides more granular visibility into individual transaction latencies (with seven-segment latency breakdown). Additionally, customers can seamlessly integrate with any Big Data analytics engine or monitoring infrastructure for real-time and historical traffic flow profiling, archiving, and heuristics learning of APIs, cloud services and on-premises application performance behavior.
- Support for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program – Forum Sentry now complies with the FAA SWIM information sharing platform for secure identity using SAML, Binary Security Tokens and Username token formats.
- Compliance Exacting Critical Infrastructure Security Mandates – Forum Sentry is now certified to comply with the strict cryptographic requirements of the U.S. Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre.
Notably, in the recent KuppingerCole Executive View: Forum Sentry API Security Gateway report, Senior Analyst Alexei Balaganski recognized Forum Sentry as an “integrated platform for API and service security, access management and legacy application modernization with a strong focus on ‘security by design.’” Emphasizing that Forum Sentry is “still the only product on the market where security forms the integral foundation of the architecture,” Balaganski deemed it “recommended for evaluation by any organization looking for the highest grade of security and reliability for their API infrastructure.”
About Forum Systems
Forum Systems Inc. is the leader in API Security Management. Providing centralized security, identity, and integration for API communications, the Forum Sentry API Security Gateway enables enterprises to manage complex API strategies in an efficient, agile, highly secure manner. Processing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, and architected on “security-first” design principles, Forum Sentry delivers unparalleled protection against modern API vulnerabilities. Forum Sentry is the industry’s only API security gateway to achieve NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Common Criteria NIAP Network Device Protection Profile certification for enabling secure connectivity between users, applications and the cloud. For more information, please visit www.forumsys.com.
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Preston Abbey PA-CFT eliminates the need for government personnel to manually feed secure fax machines and is compatible with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol
RESTON, VA, 06 FEBRUARY 2018 – Preston Abbey, a developer of solutions for the secure transmission of confidential and sensitive documents, today introduced the PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer), enabling government and defense agencies to transfer any classified files, including documents, photos, videos and maps, with the security of Secure Telephone Equipment (STE). When using Preston Abbey PA-CFT, transmitted files never leave a secure environment, thus providing a paperless solution that allows sensitive files to be sent electronically, dramatically reducing the risk of classified documents being compromised during the manual fax process.
“There is a pressing need for this type of solution due to the increasing number of attacks on Internet-based systems, such as email and databases, which represents a major threat to those in government who need to protect and secure classified information,” said David Shaw, President and co-founder of Preston Abbey.
Preston Abbey solutions accomplish the secure transmission of classified documents without the use of email, the Internet or any mechanism susceptible to eavesdropping or other interference by unauthorized parties, including foreign governments, terrorist groups, hackers and anyone who would leak sensitive material on public web sites.
Preston Abbey offers an effective migration path from obsolete or outdated secure fax equipment to a completely paperless operation, with little or no impact on the day-to-day operations of a government agency or its communications network. Preston Abbey solutions support the reliable connection of modern printer/scanner devices to replace legacy equipment and secure mission critical document exchange over existing communications channels, retaining the full advantages of STEs for confidentiality.
The full Preston Abbey product range meets the needs of civilian government and military agencies that rely on STEs and Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) to send and receive classified files and includes:
- PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer)
- The paperless solution
- PA-LFR (Legacy Fax Replacement)
- A cost-effective alternative to aging and often failing fax machines
- PA-SAA (Stand Alone Application)
- A software solution allowing connection of a STE to Windows or Mac
The Preston Abbey solutions allow the standard RS232 interface for STEs to seamlessly access the full features of the advanced software.
“It is abundantly clear that the emerging requirement for sensitive file transmission is to retain the faxing mechanism’s extraordinary security of a point-to-point, direct communication path, while avoiding the tedious need to handle physical documents,” said James Abbey, CEO and co-founder of Preston Abbey. “With PA-CFT, government users will become more efficient by being able to transfer documents to or from their computer directly without having to go through the time and trouble of manually operating a fax machine.”
The Preston Abbey PA-CFT will automatically determine the nature of the recipient device and make the appropriate technical arrangements. Designed with reliability in mind, the proprietary firmware is hardened against transmission errors or other communications problems and will optionally retry data that fails internal integrity checking. Preston Abbey solutions provide long-term dependability for secure document handling requirements, as well as an upgrade path for new features.
Preston Abbey solutions require minimum engineering changes or network alterations. They enable users of legacy equipment to migrate easily and effectively to modern, inexpensive paperless solutions. Speed is mandatory and is provided by mature platforms that Preston Abbey leverages to provide robust solutions for critical document handling. The Preston Abbey solutions are fully automated and feature a simple web interface, ensuring quick and easy configuration and set-up. Once installed, they will operate continuously without user intervention.
About Preston Abbey
Preston Abbey develops reliable, mission critical communications solutions that secure the connectivity and delivery of confidential and sensitive documents for government and DOD agencies. Headquartered in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's technology corridor, Preston Abbey has unparalleled experience, expertise and knowledge of secure fax technology for government deployments. For more information visit the website at: www.prestonabbey.com.
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