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DISA selects Thales' Datacryptor security products for SONET encryption

09 January 2006

The deployment of the Datacryptor SONET high speed Link Encryptor comes after extensive testing by DISA and the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). Under the deployment plan, the units will begin to secure significant numbers of unclassified circuits provisioned by the U.S. Government. This worldwide network provides a wide-range of information services to U.S. Department of Defense users, including voice telephony, data networking and video applications.

DISA continues to deploy the Thales Datacryptor products as network bandwidth requirements increase. DISA has purchased and deployed low speed (T1, T3, E3) and high speed (SONET) encryption solutions from Thales. The Datacryptor has significant advantages including price/performance, an easy to use network Element Manager, and upgradeability from OC-3 thru OC-48 (2.4 Gbps)."We are committed to providing the Government agencies, in meeting their long-term vision of network-centric operations with highly secure, reliable Commercial-Off-The- Shelf (COTS) solutions" said Cindy Provin, President of e-security activities in the Americas. Thales is the only vendor to offer a complete range of layer 2 solutions ranging including low speed (56k) bulk encryptors, 1Mb, T1/E1, T3/E3, Gigabit and SONET.

SONET is increasingly becoming the dominant transmission backbone for Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU) government communications. Many federal agencies and financial institutions are quickly moving to SONET for reliability and low latency for voice, video and disaster recovery applications. Several large financial institutions and this recent success with DISA solidify Thales’s leadership position in High Speed SONET encryption.

About the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC)JITC is the primary testing center for end-to-end functional assessments of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems and networks. In most cases JITC must asses the solutions prior to deployment in DoD network. JITC facilities are located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and Indian Head, Maryland.

About Datacryptor® products
Thales' Datacryptor® product line offers hardware-based FIPS 140-2 certified cryptography using the robust AES-256 algorithm for point-to-multipoint encryption over layer 3 IP networks and bulk point-to-point encryption applications over layer 2. Layer 2 encryption solutions provide point-to-point security with virtually no latency or overhead. The Datacryptor products provide a full range of solutions for layer 3 IP (10Mb, 100Mb and Gigabit) and layer 2 (56K-512K, Frame Relay, Gigabit, SONET OC-3, OC-12, and OC-48) network connectivity.

About Thales
Recent contract awards include the military's multi-million dollar Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program award; and awards from the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) for data encryption products.

Operating in three main markets covering e-security, card payment, and network security, Thales' e-Security activity addresses the business, government, and finance industries' need for cryptographic security products and solutions. Over half of the world's banks, together with the majority of the busiest exchanges, currently use Thales technology.

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