Curtiss-Wright Expands Capabilities of PacStar® IQ-Core® Software Suite for Tactical Communications
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced the latest enhancements to its PacStar IQ-Core Software suite of unified communications network management solutions. IQ-Core Software v5.1.15 updates include enhanced network configuration and management capabilities, new device support, better visibility of endpoints in secure environments, and contemporary security auditing and management features.
Provisioning and Configuration
IQ-Core Software has numerous ways to provision and configure communications systems. These now include configuration plan support for selected devices. The operator can send plans to a system, compare them against actual device configurations, and then activate a plan so that the system is using the new configuration. Enhancements have also been made to IQ-Core profile templates to enable scriptable configuration of an entire management environment.
This version of IQ-Core Software includes updates to expose more critical operating information about industry-standard satellite modems and radios, enabling operators to stay within a single interface for complete network management. Additional features have also been added to the ‘generic’ device type, which can be used to manage any network device that IQ-Core Software does not support natively. These new features include viewing, exporting, and alerting for interface and throughput data and integrated access to a device console.
Secure Endpoint Management
Curtiss-Wright is a leading supplier of Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) solutions, and IQ-Core Software has extensive support for the certificate and VPN management needs of CSfC environments. Complex tasks can be accomplished in minutes, from infrastructure gateway configuration to secure endpoint management. IQ-Core Software v5.1.15 updates these capabilities to include enhanced support for Continuous Monitoring (a CSfC requirement), bulk provisioning, and secure endpoint rekeying.
A new audit logging system has been added to IQ-Core Software in this release to ensure operator actions are audited and stored securely, DoD-approvedly. User session control has also been improved to provide inactive sessions are terminated, and reauthentication is required when roles change.
Operating System Support
IQ-Core Software is now fully supported and tested under Microsoft Windows Server 2022 and Microsoft Windows 11, in addition to previous versions of Microsoft Windows.
About PacStar IQ-Core Software
IQ-Core Software is a comprehensive management software application designed for secure, tactical, and distributed network management – ideal for edge networks in disconnected, intermittent, and limited (DIL) environments. It comprises four major editions: IQ-Core Network Communications Manager (NCM) for nodal management, IQ-Core Crypto Manager (CM) for CSfC management, IQ-Core Remote Operations and Management (ROAM) for distributed management, and IQ-Core Endpoint User Manager (EUDM) for secure endpoint management.
IQ-Core Software v5.1.15 contributes to tactical mission success by reducing network misconfiguration, improving uptime, simplifying troubleshooting, and providing cyber situational awareness to tactical networks. It advances the PacStar product family’s mission to enable tactical, expeditionary, and mobile organizations to modernize networks. This powerful software allows operators to field the most advanced technologies and achieve cyber overmatch while driving down complexity and training costs. It accomplishes this through an intuitive and integrated user interface that makes system setup and operation quick and easy to learn.
About the PacStar Family of Leading Battlefield Solutions
Curtiss-Wright created and manufactures COTS-based rugged, small-form-factor expeditionary and mobile communications systems. It developed integrated network communications management software, IQ-Core Software, for the military, federal, state/local government, and emergency responder markets. The company’s patented IQ-Core Software, hardware technology, and integrated solutions provide secure command, control, and communications systems, particularly in remote or infrastructure-starved areas. The industry-leading PacStar family of advanced communications solutions addresses various military, intelligence, and commercial applications. In addition, PacStar communications systems are ideally suited for commercial/industrial organizations with mission-critical field communications requirements.