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March 11th, 2011

Hughes Network Systems... A FIPS "Feel Good" (SATCOM)

[SatNews] NIST has graced a satellite router with security certification.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has announced its high-performance commercial satellite router, the HX280, has achieved Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Security Level 2 certification (certificate #1491), which is a cryptographic hardware and software accreditation given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Achieving Security Level 2 validates the HX280’s sophisticated physical security mechanisms, including tamper-evident coating of the cryptographic keys and critical security parameters (CSPs), as well as other critical safeguards. The Hughes HX280 is optimized for communications-on-the-move (COTM), which includes, but is not limited to, military operations and deployed environments. It maintains low-jitter secure voice, video and data IP-broadband communications, and can be configured in star and mesh topologies for simultaneous operations. As part of the commercially successful HX System from Hughes, the HX280 has global coverage that is ideal for military or government customers in theater.

The HX280 can be deployed on land, at sea or in the air for comprehensive and highly secure net-centric communications. Fully compliant with IPoS/DVB-S2, including Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), the world’s most successful satellite air interface standard approved by TIA, ETSI and ITU, the HX280 employs frequency division multiple access (FDMA)/time division multiple access (TDMA) channels supporting data rates of up to 121Mbps outbound and up to 9.6 Mbps inbound. Optional Enhanced Signaling Security which meets TRANSEC standards is also available on the HX280.