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[ISN] Telewall passes with flying colors
From: William Knowles (wkC4I.ORG)
Date: Fri Oct 06 2000 - 22:38:11 CDT
BY George I. Seffers
Telewall, a firewall for phone and fax lines, proved overwhelmingly
successful in a recently completed evaluation by the Air Force
Information Warfare Battlelab, according to Air Force officials.
The Information Warfare Battlelab, at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, is
one of many military battlelabs that evaluate commercial technologies
for possible purchase.
Over 18 months, the Air Force installed Telewall at three U.S. Space
Command sites in Colorado: Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain
and Schriever Air Force Base. Telewall far exceeded the advertised
performance, Air Force officials said.
"Telewall worked better than we ever expected it to," said Michael
Jackowski, technical director for the Information Warfare Battlelab.
"We went out with a certain set of objectives, and the systems
performed 170 percent beyond what it should have done."
Telewall, produced by SecureLogix Corp., San Antonio, Texas, scans
telecom networks for unsecured modem, fax and phone lines that could
provide hackers with a back door into an agencys computer network.
Jackowski stressed that Telewall is neither an intrusion-detection nor
a listening device, but it does monitor network traffic and files
automatic reports on connections made from one phone, fax or modem
line to another.
Battlelab officials in September reported the results to the Air Force
Oversight Counsel, which will decide whether to purchase Telewall for
Air Force bases.
Telewall didnt fare as well in the recent Joint Warfighter
Interoperability Demonstration, a massive exercise to demonstrate
commercial information technologies for possible Defense Department
JWID officials chose two technologies as so-called golden nuggets, and
Telewall was not one. Still, Jackowski said he believes the technology
could prove valuable in the joint arena because it is effective,
inexpensive, simple, easy-to-install and a "doggone good technology."
"Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence
without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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