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Joint Warfare Analysis Center Implements Trusted Computer Solutions' SecureOffice Trusted Thin Client in a Virtual Configuration
Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. (TCS), a leading developer of cross domain and cyber security solutions, announced today that the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC), a premier science and engineering institution tasked with solving complex challenges for the nation’s warfighter, has implemented a virtual configuration of the company’s SecureOffice® Trusted Thin Client® product. In addition, the product has received an Authority to Operate (ATO) at the Top Secret/SCI and Below Interoperability (TSABI) level, which meets the needs of civilian, intelligence and defense agencies that require access to external and internal networks at different classification levels.

SecureOffice Trusted Thin Client is a cross domain solution that provides users with easy and secure simultaneous access to an unlimited number of networks at varying classification levels from a single thin client device on a desktop. With the virtual configuration, this same functionality is available to the desktop user with no need for additional thin client hardware, changes to existing desktop hardware, the native environment or applications that run in that environment. The user has access to networks at the same or lower classification levels through individual windows running within the thin client image. The multiple network connections are securely accessed through a Distribution Console, which acts as a trusted router and maintains network separation on the back end.

JWAC is the first to use SecureOffice Trusted Thin Client in this virtual configuration. JWAC’s analysts can now utilize existing high-performance workstations to access information at the same or lower level networks. SecureOffice Trusted Thin Client can run on a number of virtual machine platforms that include VMware® Player and Microsoft™ Virtual PC, as well as virtual environments such as, NetTop®, Janus and High Assurance Platform (HAP). The virtual implementation is ideal for “power users” that require access to resource intensive applications that are not designed to operate in a distributed environment.

“With this virtual implementation a user’s existing workstation, with high-side permissions, can access any number of networks at the same or lower classification level,” stated Ed Hammersla, Chief Operating Officer, Trusted Computer Solutions. “This provides many advantages including user flexibility, hardware reuse and a minimal learning curve. Additionally, there is no cut and paste capability between networks or between the virtual machine and the desktop; and no data accessed and displayed within the virtual machine is stored on the workstation’s hard drive.”

SecureOffice Trusted Thin Client is identified on the UCDMO list as an approved cross domain access solution.

Published Monday, August 10, 2009 5:53 PM by David Marshall
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