Curtiss-Wright Collaborates with Cog Systems to Bring Advanced VPN Security Technology to Remote Federal Workers

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it is collaborating with Cog Systems to bring two-layer encrypted, NSA-approved, Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) technology to devices used by remote federal defense and civilian organization workers for access to classified networks over any public WiFi or cellular network. Curtiss-Wright will distribute Cog Systems’ Aegis R51 Enhanced Retransmission Device (ERD) for use with its PacStar® family of CSfC Integrated Solutions powered by PacStar 400-Series rugged hardware and enabled by PacStar software products, including IQ-Core Network Communications Manager (NCM), IQ-Core Crypto Manager (CM), and IQ-Core Remote Operations and Management (ROAM). The Aegis R51 ERD enhances CSfC VPN security by sitting between any wireless carrier or WiFi network and an end user’s devices, such as a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

“The Aegis R51 ERD meets the NSA requirement for an Enhanced Retransmission device in a tiny package that magnetically attaches to a user’s phone or laptop and integrates with simple USB pass-through charging. This makes PacStar’s CSfC solutions even better by allowing users to access classified networks from any WiFi or Cellular network,” said Dominic Perez, CTO at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

“Remote work is everywhere, and federal workers need the same capabilities we see being utilized in every Fortune 500 company. Partnering with Curtiss-Wright to bring this remote access via the Aegis R51 ERD and PacStar CSfC Solutions will bring productivity enhancements to our federal workers allowing for better situational awareness and the ability to work regardless of geography or other impediments to working in the traditional office,” said Carl Nerup CEO of Cog Systems.

The Aegis R51 ERD is the only device fully compliant with CSfC Mobile Access Capability Package 2.5 requirements for Enhanced Retransmission Devices. It provides an additional layer of protection and isolation from untrusted networks by implementing a Firewall and Protocol Break in a compact and discrete device. The Protocol Break sanitizes the incoming data flow, reducing the threat from malicious attachments and ensuring only clean data reaches connected devices. The Firewall can be tuned to only accept data from known IP addresses and to block data from other addresses before it reaches a connected device. 

Built on an isolated and modular architecture, Aegis R51 ERD uses Cog Systems’ Virtual Mobile Device SDK and formally verified type-1 virtualization. The Aegis R51 ERD features discrete virtual machines (VM) running on a Type-1 Hypervisor that keep critical processes secure and enable MILS architectures.   

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