VMETRO Creates AES-256 Data Encryption Recording System

VMETRO has developed and shipped a data recording and playback system utilizing AES-256 data encryption. This recording system is based on VMETRO’s Vortex Open Data Recording platform. For secure applications, AES-256 encryption provides an alternative to securely wiping classified data because the data is encrypted during storage to prevent unauthorized use. VMETRO data recording systems with encryption expand the deployed system capabilities by reducing the complexity of data security. Applications for the AES-256 encryption recording system include Electronic Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance applications as well as electronic intelligence.

This Vortex data recording solution uses a common platform to acquire data over an I/O PMC and handles it in one of three ways: 1) encrypt the data and record it to JBOD or RAID storage devices, 2) pass the data through to a workstation and 3) playback the encrypted data from storage to a workstation with AES-256 decryption. An easy-to-use web browser graphical user interface enables operators to have a single interface for all functions. The software is also available in source code for customized applications.

“The Vortex recorder with AES encryption virtually eliminates the headaches associated with special handling of the recording media and is far more practical than last ditch efforts to purge the data moments before a compromise situation occurs.” says Tom Bohman, Vice President of Embedded Systems at VMETRO, Inc.

AES Standard is published by Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm was issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) after approval by the US Secretary of Commerce. The AES algorithms are capable of using cryptographic keys of up to 256 bits to encrypt/decrypt data in blocks of 128 bits.

The Vortex AES-256 Data Encryption/Decryption product is currently shipping.

VMETRO [OSE: VME] provide integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. Main product areas include 1) Embedded Computing – high-performance Data Acquisition, Digital Signal Processing and I/O boards and systems based on FPGAs and PowerPCs, 2) Data Recording and Storage – high-performance long endurance Recording / Playback systems and Rugged Storage solutions, and 3) Bus and Protocol Analyzers – advanced tools used to debug, optimize, validate and test computer based systems. All products are based on open standards like VME/VXS and PCI/cPCI/PMC/XMC, with strong focus on high-speed serial interconnects such as Fibre Channel, Serial FPDP, Aurora and PCI Express.