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NIST FIPS 140-2 RNG Transition Affecting UC APL

For those product vendors that have been able to get listed and certified on the DoD Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UC APL), there is a prerequisite certification required called FIPS 140-2.  FIPS 140-2 is a certification program managed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and more specifically the Cryptographic Module Validation …

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Aviat Eclipse INU/INUe Achieves DoD UC APL Certification

FAIRFAX, VA –  Washington DC-based Information Technology firm, and leading DoD UC APL consulting company, Tachyon Dynamics, helped Microwave-radio networking vendor Aviat Networks receive the DoD UC APL certification for its Eclipse INU and Eclipse INUe microwave radio devices. All IT equipment used within the DoD must pass the UC APL certification process, which includes …

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DoD UC APL Testing and Windows Security: DoD IAVerify

Completing the hurdle of DoD Unified Capabilities Testing (UC APL) in a decent amount of time is already a challenge.  However, if you have Microsoft Windows workstations (Vista, 7, 8, etc) or Windows Servers (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, etc), then your validation, hardening and testing gets so much more complicated.  For the DoD, Windows security …

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Yubikey and Windows Domain 2-Factor Authentication

Picking up where we left off last, I was showing you the awesome usefulness, security and affordability of Yubikey (Yubico’s 2-Factor authentication token) and using it for 2-factor authentication on network devices.  Well, I’d like to go another step forward: 2-Factor authentication for Windows computers to a Windows Active Directory environment.  If your enterprise deployment …

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Secure and Affordable 2-factor authentication: Yubikey

In the DoD there is a strong requirement for 2-factor authentication in the network.  For systems and workstations they use a successful implementation with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and a DoD common access card (CAC) which has a client certificate.  The user has a PIN; therefore, 2-factor.   Nothing like this exists for network devices (routers, …

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2012 US Government IPv6 Mandate: The Day of Reckoning

Well, today is the day, or the last day I should say.  At midnight tonight, the US Government will have shut the books on yet another Fiscal Year.  Although, it’s not finances that has the technology industry glued to government tech news; it’s IPv6 adoption.  By the end of FY 2012, the entire US Government …

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Cisco IPv6 IOS Hardening – DoD Style

***Updated on 14 May 2014 – regarding NET-IPv6-022, See below*** Thousands of network engineers in the DoD out there looking at implementing IPv6 now have to address a few Security and Technical Implementation Guidance (STIG) items that they used to just annotate as “Not Applicable – NA.”  Now, IPv6 security is important.  If you are …

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Tachyon Dynamics helps NetApp Achieve DoD UC APL Certification

Fairfax, VA — (August 16, 2012) – NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in data storage and storage provisioning enterprise and data center products achieved the Defense Department Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UC APL) certification with the help of the Washington DC-based Information Technology firm: Tachyon Dynamics. NetApp received its certification as the first …

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US Government IPv6 Enablement – 4-month Status Check

Well, it is now roughly four months until the U.S. Federal Government is supposed to have its publicly-facing network services enabled for IPv6 by 30 September 2012 according to the White House directive in 2010.  More specifically: Upgrade public/external facing servers and services (e.g. web, email, DNS, ISP services, etc) to operationally use native IPv6 …

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