Much attention has been given to insider threats and to shoring up network security in the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD), yet one of the great vulnerabilities is access to sensitive and/or classified information via Audio Visual (AV) hardware and software. With a push to share more information among various agencies, the demand to provide conferencing access across multiple classifications in a single space is rapidly increasing. While audio and video access to both of the primary DoD networks (NIPR, SIPR) and to IC networks has been common for some time, there has been a recent increase in demand to include additional networks and special access programs. There is also an increase in the number of and the utilization of separate and/or dedicated SCI networks within the Intelligence Community.
Design, installation, configuration and commissioning of AV systems in a multi-classification environment must include risk mitigation techniques to ensure security across all classification levels. To learn more please read our white paper on “AV Security Risk Mitigation”
Freeport develops and employs a variety of methods to ensure security requirements are properly defined and addressed throughout all phases of multi‐classification AV systems.
Policy & Procedure Development – A set of policies and procedures is developed in order to classify all audio visual resources and functions of the system. Source Management, Isolation & Distribution – A system design is created using key hardware components which provide the proper level of isolation and control of all resources and functions.
System Configuration – The system software is configured to enforce the agreed upon policies and procedures developed in the first phase and then deployed in the system design.
Functional Testing & Verification – A test and acceptance document is developed which provides a step by step process of testing and verifying that the system is functioning as intended, with the proper security policies and procedures in place.
In addition, Freeport has developed several AV products that were specifically designed to effectively manage security risks and to reduce overall implementation costs. These products and the risks that they are designed to mitigate are listed below. To learn more please read our white paper on “AV Security Risk Mitigation Solutions”.
Mercury Digital Dashboard (Mercury)
"Visual Operational Awareness"
Freeport's Mercury Digital Dashboard provides dynamic visual awareness in secure AV environments. Customizable message fields, time zone clocks, system and location based status indicators, and branding provide a platform to keep end users informed at all times.
Multi‐Domain Video Network Switch (MDVNS)
"Eliminates Data Tunneling Risks"
The Freeport Multi‐Domain Video Network Switch (MDVNS) permits a single VTC CODEC to be utilized on up to 25 IP networks of varying security classifications. The MDVNS meets all current DISA requirements and future requests as detailed in the STIG dated January 2008. The MDVNS is the only secure VTC switching solution that has been approved by the Defense Intelligence Agency for use on the JWICS top secret network. It has also been approved for operation by DISA for NIPR and SIPR, NRO, NGA, Coalition Forces, and many other classified networks.
Control System Isolator (CSI)
"Mitigates Residual Data Risks"
The Freeport Control System Isolator (CSI) provides the means to program and control AV system components (CODECs, displays, digital signage, etc.) without exposing any data that might be contained in them or on the network to which they are connected. The CSI prevents the AV control system from permanently inheriting the security classification of the network that specific AV components are connected to. The CSI addresses room control security issues without modification of existing system designs, it is manufacturer neutral, and it can be used with any type of control device.