SHBURN, Va. – the Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Unattended Network Storage (UNS) system with encryption for top secret/sensitive compartmented information (TS/SCI) aboard a wide variety of unmanned vehicles, including unmanned aircraft.

As the number of sensors on unmanned vehicles continues to proliferate, protecting critical data stored on those platforms has grown. The UNS prevents unauthorized access to classified information if the unmanned system is lost or stolen.

It uses a data at rest Type-1 encryptor that is planned to be certified for unattended operations of classified data top secret and below. The UNS provides system integrators with a rugged off-the-shelf system that can lower costs and program risk while speeding time to deployment.

Designed for high-speed data storage, the UNS combines data speeds faster than two gigabits per second with 32 terabytes of encrypted data storage on a rugged removable storage module, which can ease the transport of data-at-rest between unmanned platforms and base stations for post-mission analysis.

The encryptor uses pre-placed keys (PPK) which are filled in black key format. The use of symmetric PPKs enables the same key to be loaded onto multiple encryptors so that data can be encrypted onto an RSM in one location for decrypting later at another location.

The UNS’s network interfaces include four 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports and eight 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports. It supports industry-standard iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, HTTP, and FTP network storage protocols, and supports remote client booting via pre-boot execution (PXE) and dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP).

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