SCS-vMESH: The SECRET wireless solution

The Mission SECRET Network (MSN) developed by the Australian Army’s Land Network Integration Centre (LNIC), incorporating Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security’s SCS-vMESH product, recently received a High Commendation in the 2016 Land Defence Australia Industry Innovation Awards.

SCS-vMESH is the latest product in the company’s award-winning Secure Communications System (SCS) range. Developed to enable remote WiFi access to a secure network, the innovative laptop solution provides a securely isolated work persona targeted for accreditation up to SECRET.

The MSN capability was developed as a Concept Technology Demonstrator under a now expired Provisional ICT Accreditation. The SCS-vMESH technology was tailored for this system to allow a deployed operator access to the MSN desktop environment using a standard laptop or tablet, without the need for external encryption devices.

Using a selected range of commercial off-the-shelf hardware platforms, the solution allows users to connect securely over both WiFi and wired Ethernet. Capable of supporting the standard Windows 8 operating system, the MSN Mobile SOE or the Windows Embedded SOE, the technology minimises system administration overheads and provides a high level of familiarisation for end users.

The Highly Commended MSN was developed as a scalable, collaborative solution to support interoperability and information sharing between command and control systems across the Five Eyes.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernisation to government and commercial customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security is part of the company’s Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions (CIMS) Division, offering end-to-end development, deployment and integration of full-spectrum cyber capabilities and enterprise ground system solutions.

For more information about SCS-vMESH please contact info@au.ngc.com.