Northrop Grumman Information Technology Selects Entrust

Tuesday 21 October 2003 13:46 CET | News

Entrust has received a significant federal contract award from Northrop Grumman InformationTechnology (IT) for its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) based secure solutions for deployment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Entrust, along with Northrop Grumman ITs other teammates, PEC and Schlumberger, have partnered to provide the FBI with the solutions to properly authenticate individuals before granting them access to electronic information or systems; ensuring the secure and appropriate exchange of information between intelligence agencies and assets; and enabling FBI employees to transparently encrypt data, and digitally sign documents and email. The solution will initially be used by the FBI to strongly authenticate employees at FBI Headquarters utilizing Entrust Digital IDs and be extended to support the FBIs 50,000 users in the United States and abroad. Following the findings of the March 2002 Webster Commission Report, FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the establishment of a new Security Division whose goal is to build sufficient infrastructure and capability to successfully execute its responsibilities as a professional security organization. As a result, a Security Division Program Plan was released in September 2002 that called for a layered security or Defense in Depth strategy utilizing PKI to increase the level of security provided to users and information systems. Entrust has a highly successful track record in partnering with law enforcement. For example, since 1997, the Criminal Information-Sharing Alliance (CISA) has been enabling secure information sharing among law enforcement agencies in the southwest states and with Federal law enforcement agencies utilizing Entrusts technology. CISA has established its network, CISAnet, utilizing Entrust security solutions to strongly authenticate users, encrypt data and e-mails, and digitally sign documents and communications. Championed as a model for federal law enforcement, the system was recently expanded to include data sharing regarding money laundering, weapons violations, sex offenders, missing persons, criminal histories, and a number of homeland security initiatives.

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