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IAS Introduces Enhanced Design of its Proven IAS STEW Secure Communications Solution Used Within the DISA DECTK Program

TURNERSVILLE, NJ., Jan. 13, 2020 – Information Assurance Specialists (IAS), a leading manufacturer of portable, secure communications solutions for government and military use, announced the launch of the IAS Small Tactical Executive WAN-R (STEW-R), a smaller, more rugged, more capable version of their time tested, field-proven IAS STEW. Designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the most agile Communicator, the IAS STEW-R enables access to secure, classified voice, data, and video services over a multitude of commercial network technologies (Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Cellular, MANET, Satcom, etc.) from even the most remote locations.

IAS STEW-R Datasheet

The IAS STEW-R is a dual router/VPN gateway appliance that incorporates an IAS Router and a Cisco Embedded Service Router (ESR) in a single device. The IAS STEW-R is based on the proven, fielded legacy IAS STEW product with several product enhancements including:

  • Size reduction of twenty percent in comparison to the legacy IAS STEW
  • Size – 10” wide x 9.2” deep by 1U (1.6”) tall
  • Weight – sub 7lbs
  • More rugged machined aluminum enclosure design
  • More robust power connector design (LEMO)
  • Supports up to two internal cellular modems (including Band 14 FirstNet support) with front panel user accessible sim slots that feature a tool-less captivate SIM socket
  • Built in (user serviceable) battery and Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) logic

“The introduction of our next generation IAS STEW-R appliance marks yet another milestone in our continued commitment of providing the smallest, lightest, highest performing and most reasonably priced communication solutions that meet the most stringent communications security and mission requirements in support of our U.S. Government and Military customers.” said Keir Tomasso, President, IAS.

The IAS STEW-R is approved for use in the DISN Enterprise Classified Travel Kit Gateway (DECTK-GW) program, which was developed primarily for executive level communicators to provide access to NIPRNet and SIPRNet via rapidly deployed solutions utilizing commercial internet connection(s) anywhere in the world. The gateway enables an access to the DOD’s Secret IP Router Network (SIPRNet) and allows users to make classified voice calls through DISA’s Enterprise Classified Voice over IP service.

The IAS STEW-R supports use of traditional Type 1 HAIPE devices for access to classified networks OR users may desire to leverage the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) process. NSA’s CSfC program was established to enable the use of commercially available security products to be used in layered solutions for protection of US Government and DoD classified information (voice, data, video, etc.) up to and including TS/SCI. CSfC comprised solutions rely on the implementation of two (vendor diverse) layers of commercial IPSec VPN cryptography.

Both the IAS VPN Gateway Module & Cisco ESR inside the IAS STEW-R appliance have been tested by the Joint Interoperability Test Comman (JITC), securing placement on the DISA Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (DISA UC APL). As a result, any Department of Defense (DoD) operator can procure the IAS STEW-R device without any additional testing or evaluation required.

The IAS STEW-R is powered by the dynamic IAS Router Operating system (IAS ROS), which is the only UC APL listed IP network router that offers enterprise-class routing capabilities paired with Software Definable Networking WAN technologies (to include 3G/4G and Wi-Fi WAN) for use in DOD applications.