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U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command Uses Hardened FIPS 140-2 Wi-Fi from Aruba and Telos to Connect Users to Classified and Unclassified Networks

Network Provides Simultaneous Access to Voice, Video, and Data Applications

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 9:10 pm PST

Dateline:

SUNNYVALE, Calif.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
ARUN
US0431761065

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), a global leader in wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has deployed FIPS 140-2 Compliant Aruba wireless LANs to provide instant-on, rapidly-deployable Wi-Fi access to classified and unclassified networks. Highly trained and rapidly deployable, AFSOC personnel conduct global missions ranging from precision application of firepower, to infiltration, aviation foreign internal defense, exfiltration, resupply and refueling of SOF operational elements. The hardened, secure Aruba networks were provided to the AFSOC by Aruba-authorized partner Telos® Corporation.

“Wireless is the next logical step in providing lighter and more flexible secure tactical communications,” said Col. Tony Faughn, director, Communications and Information Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command.

“Telos is providing AFSOC with hardened, secure Aruba wireless LANs that can be field deployed in varying configurations based on mission length, force structure and communications requirements,” Dave Logan, Aruba’s General Manager of Federal Solutions. “Aruba’s resilient, self-healing mesh is ideal for rapid-deployment applications. Working in conjunction with our Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology, mesh enables radio signals to reliably hop from access point to access point without any data cabling.”

Mesh operation allows Wi-Fi access points to be located and relocated anywhere, quickly and reliably in even the harshest environments, without installing data cabling or making site modifications. ARM automatically compensates for interference, network traffic, and even the types of applications run on the network. As a result, data, voice, and video applications have sufficient network resources, including airtime, to operate properly.

“The Aruba mesh topology is one of the first end-to-end secure solutions available in the Wi-Fi market today,” said Brendan Malloy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Telos’ Secure Networks Division. “Telos’ SWAMP-LITE solution relies on this secure mesh topology to bridge classified and unclassified clients back to the core AFSOC element, and provides customers with a high degree of flexibility to meet their mission requirements.”

Aruba’s client-to-core security includes embedded user access control, centralized encryption, a policy enforcement firewall, and wireless intrusion detection. The firewall classifies traffic on the basis of user identity, device type, location, and time of day, and provides differentiated access for different classes of users. Access is tightly controlled, and each user’s application traffic is inspected and validated against security policies to ensure compartmentalization between user groups. Taken together these measures ensure the privacy of communications and protect the integrity of the network.

The FIPS 140-2 standard specifies the cryptographic security requirements for sensitive but unclassified information. The standard defines multiple levels of security that correspond with the wide range of potential applications and environments in which such systems may be employed. In addition to the AFSOC, FIPS 140-2 validated networks using mesh have been successfully deployed at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense Medical Health System facilities, and select U.S. Air Force bases worldwide.

Additional information on Aruba’s government solutions is available on-line.

About Aruba Networks

People move. Networks must follow. Aruba securely delivers networks to users, wherever they work or roam, using a combination of award-winning solutions:

  • Adaptive 802.11n Wi-Fi networks optimize themselves to ensure that users are always within reach of mission-critical information. Rightsizing expensive wired LANs by replacing them with high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi reduces both capital and operating expenses;
  • Identity-based security assigns access policies to users, enforcing those policies whenever and wherever a network is accessed;
  • Remote networking solutions for branch offices, fixed telecommuters, and satellite facilities ensures uninterrupted remote access to applications;
  • Multi-vendor network management provides a single point of control while managing both legacy and new wireless networks from Aruba and its competitors.

The cost, convenience, and security benefits of our secure mobility solutions are fundamentally changing how and where we work. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ArubaNetworks.

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