A soldier inspects a mobile Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) network node. (Photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T Public Affairs)

Secure communications on the front lines

On the front lines, the military must defend not just service members and equipment, but also secure communications across a multitude of devices, operating systems and platforms.

The PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System is designed to protect in-theater, executive vehicle-mounted and forward operating base communications. It helps networking specialists with configuration, management and troubleshooting at the network edge by using "a single pane of glass" approach to incident response. It automates detection and validation of alerts, determining appropriate responses and presenting resolutions, PacStar and Fidelis Cybersecurity said in their joint announcement.

Through the collaboration with network security firm Fidelis, the PacStar system can run malware detection, intrusion prevention and threat analytics so soldiers in the field can automatically monitor for abnormalities. 

The core system is based on a PacStar 451 rugged, compact server module that hosts analytics, management and sensor functions. The PacStar IQ-Core software features a graphical user interface that helps “communications specialists in the field to configure equipment, troubleshoot, set it up without having to be world experts in the dizzying array of technologies being deployed in the field,” PacStar CTO Charlie Kawasaki told GCN.

PacStar's IQ-Core software is in use in the Defense Department's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 1 program.

“We saw this as an opportunity to create a product that would help to address the needs of the tactical networks using the same technology that is in the DOD enterprise,” Kawasaki said.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@gcn.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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