AF picks firewall for phone networks

The Information Warfare Battlelab at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, has given its approval to the Enterprise Telephony Management firewall appliance from SecureLogix Corp. of San Antonio. Now the appliance is going in at Air Force bases in the continental United States.

Sprint Corp. also is bundling ETM with its General Services Administration schedule offerings. Unauthorized doors between data and voice networks make even well-secured LANs vulnerable to intrusion, and cross-network attacks are likely to become a greater threat, Air Force spokesman Capt. David Westover said.

The Air Force last year started piecemeal installation of ETM platforms. In January, TRW Inc. purchased $2.5 million worth of the systems to begin uniform installation.

Eventually, 78 bases will have the equipment at a cost of about $7.8 million. Installation will start at network operation centers and end with overseas bases and Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard facilities.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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