DOD modernizes cryptographic device
- By Kathleen Hickey
- Nov 12, 2009
The Defense Department is modernizing its cryptographic key fill technology, replacing its obsolete KYK-13 devices.
The KYK-13, designed by the National Security Agency, is still widely used, but it is several decades old and is limited to 90-bit encryption. The NSA recommends 128-bit encryption up to the secret level. The KYK-13 uses the DS-102 protocol for key transfer.
DOD will switch to the Really Simple Key Loader, or RASKL, from Sypris Electronics, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, in replacing the KYK-13 devices.
Cryptographic key fills load cryptographic keys into electronic encryption machines. The RASKL is rugged, small and lightweight, and it requires no formal training; it uses a one-button “key squirt” process for loading. It holds up to 40 modern electronic keys and is depot repairable.
The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract for the RASKL is for five years with a ceiling value of $200 million.
Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.