• The military wants smaller, lighter and ruggedized servers, routers and other equipment that contain cybersecurity measures in order to take their networks into battle. Here, soldiers are taking a look at the PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System. Photo Credit: Pacific Star Communications.
     The military wants smaller, lighter and ruggedized servers, routers and other equipment that contain cybersecurity measures in order to take their networks into battle. Here, soldiers are taking a look at the PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System. Photo Credit: Pacific Star Communications.
  • The technology industry is working to provide the military with secure network components that are ruggedized, yet smaller in form factor, such as the “Hurricane” storage server from General Micro Systems. Photo Credit: GMS Inc.
     The technology industry is working to provide the military with secure network components that are ruggedized, yet smaller in form factor, such as the “Hurricane” storage server from General Micro Systems. Photo Credit: GMS Inc.

March of Military Network Technology Continues

February 5, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
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The industry’s lighter, compact and ruggedized network solutions are also coming with more cyber protections.


As the military, including the U.S. Army, works to update network command systems, size, weight, power and capability improvements are central, especially when paired with cybersecurity protections. The network improvements provide key flexibility and operations for tactical missions and command posts.

For the modern battlefield, the industry is aiming to offer technologies that are quick to set up, ruggedized and cyber protected. General Micro Systems Inc. recently released its Ultra-Compact 1U Rackmount Secure Storage Server, known as the "Hurricane." The server uses Intel's 22 core Xeon E5 v4 server central processing unit (CPU). The system is able to move data between drives, the CPU and Ethernet ports with a total bandwidth of 376 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), the company says. “[The Hurricane] has highest levels of security, encryption and crypto key control available,” posits Ben Sharfi, CEO and chief architect of General Micro Systems. “It's simply the best of the best for rugged, space-constrained applications, and at a lower cost than many would pay for the just the server alone.”

The encrypted high-speed storage has removable encrypted media that enables exchange of classified material. And the redundant array of independent disks helps prevents data loss, Sharfi adds. “Should a drive or group of drives fail, data is protected, encrypted and most importantly, recoverable."

In addition, Fidelis Cybersecurity and Pacific Star Communications (PacStar) have teamed up, pairing Fidelis’ Cybersecurity System with PacStar’s software and hardware, including PacStar’s 451 server module, 455 tactical convergence module, 400-Series routing and switching modules, and associated software. The companies claim that the paired technologies provide automated detection and response capabilities in a reduced size, weight and power form for secure military tactical networks.

According to Fidelis, the cybersecurity platform includes pre-positioned cyber sensors and deployable, so-called hunt mission kits. The technology is meant to protect in-theater communications and executive communications. The system is managed by PacStar’s IQ-Core software, a graphical user interface designed to provide configuration, management and troubleshooting assistance, PacStar said.

The interface allows visibility into the system for remote cyber defenders, allowing them to see real-time threats and use advanced analytics to support warfighters. The automated detection and validation of alerts also helps by offering incident response, the companies said.

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