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DAR Series Part 4: NSA CSfC vs. Type 1 Encryption

March 03, 2021 | BY: Paul Davis, Steven Petric

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As a developer and manufacturer of network-attached storage (NAS) devices for the commercial and defense industries, Curtiss-Wright offers multiple rugged NAS systems that incorporate both Type 1 encryption and Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) encryption approaches.

Both NAS solutions have been deployed in numerous systems and vehicles across the various military branches. With this broad and unique experience, we wrote this white paper to provide an objective, practical, and unbiased comparison between these two National Security Agency (NSA) programs used to encrypt data-at-rest (DAR). The information in this paper is intended to support readers in making informed decisions when choosing the most appropriate data encryption solution for their specific requirements.

Figure 1: CSfC vs. Type 1 Encryption

In this paper, over a dozen factors will be discussed to compare the two encryption options. The analysis of those factors will be from a United States (US) vendor or developer perspective. For instance, the export factor, that will be explored later, will refer to export from the US to other countries.

This white paper is the fourth in our series discussing DAR encryption. The first paper explored the reasons to protect DAR, encryption basics, and possible encryptor options. The second paper focused on CSfC, an option offered by the NSA that uses two layers of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) encryption to protect classified data. The third paper focused on the NSA program known as Type 1 encryption, which is a government off-the-shelf (GOTS) option.

Read the full white paper - DAR Series Part 4: NSA CSfC vs. Type 1 Encryption.

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Author’s Biography

Paul Davis

Director, Product Management - Data Solutions

Paul Davis began his career for Curtiss-Wright as a Research Manager for the Dayton, OH facility in 1997. Paul has held positions including: Director of Engineering managing a staff of 40+ engineers, managers, technicians, and co-op students; Product Manager for the switches, recorders, and various board level products; and then Director of Product Management. Now retired, Paul worked in engineering and engineering management positions for 19 years.

Steven Petric

Author’s Biography

Steven Petric

Senior Product Manager, Data Storage

The Product Manager for our data storage solutions, Steven is a data driven product management professional with over 20 years of experience in bringing new offerings to market and improving existing offerings. He has a Masters in Business along with Pragmatic Marketing Certification and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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