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Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

CIS Secure Receives Industry-First Class A TSG Approval for Cisco 8831 Conference Phone

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

DULLES, Va., May 17, 2017 - CIS Secure, is pleased to announce an industry-first Class A TSG type acceptance of a modified Cisco 8831 conference phone (model DTD-8831-02). Testengd for compliance and approved by the National Telecommunications Security Working Group (NTSWG), the CIS modified Cisco 8831 VoIP conference phone also has the distinction of Class B type acceptance (model DTD-8831-01).

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. "While defined by U.S. Government security experts, they are not limited to the government in their use," said John Turner, Chief Technology Officer for CIS. "Any company or organization concerned about protecting sensitive information should consider this technology for certain areas within their enterprise. We have seen an increase of activity in the financial, legal, and medical communities as well as dozens of international engagements; all needing TSG protection."

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 8831 VoIP conference phone to pass the very stringent TSG Class A requirements using standard copper Ethernet interfaces and infrastructures." Turner said.  The company has U.S. and international patents pending on its TSG technologies.

CIS ships VoIP telephones modified to meet additional security requirements primarily for government and the Prime contracting community.  CIS is the worldwide market leader in units shipped and product diversity.

Located in Dulles, Virginia, CIS Secure/CIS Labs, Inc. is a leading provider TEMPEST, TSG, and 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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Jonathan Huynh

CIS Secure solutions are available directly from CIS, our authorized resellers, and government contracts including GSA, ITES-3H, NETCENTS-2, and SEWP V.