PacStar® Announces Collaboration with Engage Black to Power Secure Wireless Command Post (TLS) for Classified Communications over Wi-Fi and LTE

Integrated, turnkey solution extends secure wireless communications for the warfighter

Portland, OR – September 24, 2018 –PacStar today announced a collaboration and reseller agreement with Engage Black, for the Black Vault Hardware Security Module (HSM), a FIPS 140-2 Level 3+ certified device providing generation, storage and management of secure cryptographic keys. The collaboration combines technologies powering the PacStar Secure Wireless Command Post (TLS) – a fully integrated, expeditionary communications solution with two layers of encryption, using commercial technologies, eligible for use in transmitting classified information over wireless networks. The solution will be unveiled and demonstrated at Modern Day Marine, which takes place September 25-27, 2018 in Quantico, VA.

Last year, PacStar launched its pioneering PacStar Secure Wireless Command Post (Wi-Fi) to provide high-speed wireless for mobile devices, at Wi-Fi distances, typically a few hundred feet. With the addition of LTE, PacStar now enables warfighter mobility at much greater distances, measured in thousands of feet or several miles from the cellular base station – much like consumers are able to roam using LTE for daily activity.

To make this possible, Engage Black created a custom, full-featured Black Vault HSM package that integrates directly into PacStar SWCP (TLS), providing a seamless and complete solution. Black Vault HSM provides security services backing the online certificate authorities provided by Information Security Corp, also onboard SWCP (TLS). The inclusion of Black Vault HSM enables the expeditionary communications programs to have a complete, self-contained PKI infrastructure that works even in a denied WAN environment. The combination of solutions is designed to meet new government requirements for use of LTE radios in commercial solutions for mobile access, site-to-site, and WLAN configurations.

“Engage Black is in a unique position to integrate with PacStar technologies to achieve a fully secure, turnkey solution while avoiding the size, weight and power of traditional HSMs,” said Peggy Miller, chief executive officer at PacStar. “Thanks to the close collaboration of our engineering teams, we were able to integrate our technologies into a compact deployable solution making commercial classified easy to deploy.”

”We are pleased to be part of the PacStar family of commercial solutions for secure classified wireless,” adds Mark Doyle, CEO of Engage Black. “Our small form factor, rugged, certified HSM is the perfect complement to the PacStar 400-Series family and can meet the key security needs for a wide array of the tactical infrastructure use cases.”

PacStar will conduct live demonstrations of the PacStar SWCP TLS at our booth (#1366) at Modern Day Marine 2018.

About Engage Black

Engage Black manufacturers cryptographic appliances that address the growing sophistication of cyber attackers, both within and outside of organizations, by securing and protecting cryptographic keys, data at rest, and data in motion. We’re an equal opportunity innovator; solving specific security problems for government, military, telecom, utility, enterprise, public safety, cloud services, developers, and PKI solution providers. Whether you’re a utility concerned about NERC CIP compliance, a DevOps team looking to better manage software releases and code signing, a certificate authority protecting highly secure cryptographic material, or you need to ensure the privacy of battlefield communications, Engage Black can help with highly secure, efficient, and cost-effective solutions.

Engage Black Contact

Dante Ambrosini
Engage Black
+1 877 ENGAGE4

About PacStar

Pacific Star Communications, Inc. (PacStar) is a leading manufacturer of rugged, small form factor expeditionary and mobile communications systems – and a developer of integrated, network communications management software – for the military, federal, state/local government and emergency responder markets. The company’s patented IQ-Core® Software, hardware technology and integration services provide secure, command, control and communications systems – particularly in remote or infrastructure starved areas. In addition, PacStar’s communications systems are ideally suited for commercial/industrial organizations with mission-critical field communications requirements. For additional information, please visit, LinkedIn and Twitter @pacstarcomm.

PacStar Contact

Brian Lustig
Bluetext for Pacific Star Communications, Inc.
+1 202 836 9112


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