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Monday, 23 May, 2016

CIS Secure Receives Industry-First Class A TSG Approval for Cisco 8841 VoIP Phone

First to have both Class A and B versions of a Cisco 10/100/1000 VoIP Instrument

Ashburn, VA,. May 5, 2016 - CIS Secure, is pleased to announce an industry-first Class A TSG type acceptance of a modified general purpose Cisco 8841 VoIP phone (model DTD-8841-02). Tested for compliance and approved by the National Telecommunications Security Working Group (NTSWG), the CIS modified Cisco 8841 VoIP phone also has the distinction of Class B type acceptance.

Defined by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), the intent of the NTSWG type-acceptance program is for all telephones used in sensitive discussion areas to be physically incapable of producing any microphonic audio on any wires leaving the instrument while it is in the idle state. Any unmodified VoIP telephone can present eavesdropping vulnerabilities inherent in their Ethernet capabilities. “NTSWG type-acceptance programs are beneficial to government and commercial markets where information security is paramount”, said John Turner, Chief Technology Officer for CIS. “These phones reduce outside and inside threats and are required by an increasing number of Government department, agencies, and contractors. CIS has also seen an increase in private industry interest in these devices”. 

Class A approval is significant because the device is not dependent on other equipment for microphonic security. Class B equipment meets the same testing criteria as Class A equipment with the exception of testing in the powered off state. The powered off test, for Class A Type acceptance, is one of the most difficult to pass. “CIS has developed technology that allows our modified Cisco 8841 VoIP phone to pass the TSG Class A requirements using standard copper Ethernet interfaces and infrastructures.” Turner said.  “We are porting this technology to other devices as we continue to grow our modified VoIP phone and other secure communications platforms”.  CIS has filed a patent application for this latest technology breakthrough.

Located in Reston, Virginia, CIS Secure/CIS Labs, Inc. is a leading provider TEMPEST, TSG, & modified COTS solutions for the U.S. Government and other entities. CIS Secure is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer and CIS Labs is an NSA Certified TEMPEST Manufacturer and Test facility.

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