Mercury Systems announces NIAP-certified self-encrypting commercial SSD for classified programs

Mercury Systems, Inc. of Andover, MA announced on September 13 that its ASURRE-Stor portfolio of self-encrypting solid-state drives (SSD) has received certification from the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) for Common Criteria (CC) Full Disk Encryption FDE-EE and FDE-AA collaborative Protection Profiles (cPP).

Launched in April of 2017, ASURRE-Stor SSDs are precision engineered to meet the stringent security and performance requirements defined in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program. Customers and NSA-trusted integrators of CSfC-compliant security solutions can leverage Mercury’s NIAP-certified SSD for data at rest protection for classified, secret, and top secret programs according to CSfC program guidelines, the company said.

NIAP validates Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) information technology (IT) products for conformance to the international CC Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS). Required product testing is performed by third-party, NIAP-approved laboratories to certify strict compliance to the specified technology protection profiles. Having successfully passed all required testing by UL Verification Services Inc., a NIAP-approved laboratory, the ASURRE-Stor SSD is now listed on the United States NIAP Product Compliant List and the International Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement Certified Products List. As such, Common Criteria certificate number CCEVS-VR-VID10783-2017 has been issued by NIAP for the ASURRE-Stor device.  Mercury’s ASURRE-Stor SSD has also received certificate #2884 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 cryptographic module certification.

“For many years, we have made substantial investments to develop key intellectual property in our security and microelectronics business,” said Charlie Leader, senior vice president and general manager of Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronics Solutions group. “Having successfully pioneered the only certified security solution for highly sensitive data storage on a commercial SSD, we have further validated our leadership position in this market. Our Phoenix Advanced Microelectronics Center is honored to supply the industry’s first NIAP and FIPS 140-2 certified SSD as a CSfC component to government agencies, CSfC trusted integrators and warfighters protecting our interests around the globe.”

Currently available in capacities of 256 and 512 GB, ASURRE-Stor SSDs integrate unique cryptographic and reliability-enhancing algorithms in a military-hardened 2.5” form factor ideal for platform management, mission management and command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) applications. In addition to uncompromising data protection features, supply chain security and trust are integrated throughout the entire product life cycle. Mercury’s commitment to excellence in industrial security has been recognized by the Defense Security Service (DSS) with multiple Superior ratings for several of its facilities.

Source: Mercury Systems