Cassidian unveils Ectocryp Yellow, the next addition to the Encryption Portfolio

assidian CyberSecurity’s family of Ectocryp cryptographic devices will include this small form factor, portable device
Ectocryp Yellow is being developed to meet the highest standards of UK Government for encryption technology.

Cassidian, the security and defence arm of EADS, is announcing their next high grade encryption device at DSEI 2013. Ectocryp Yellow is Cassidian’s next stage in sovereign UK cryptographic development and will utilise CESG’s preferred solution for network layer cryptography (PRIME** Suite A). Ectocryp Yellow is a desktop, interoperable basis for highly secure strategic and tactical networks.
In addition, the software can be fully updated in the field and upgrades can be performed remotely for deployed units. With insignificant latency, Ectocryp Yellow eliminates the overhead of crypto on a network and provides transparent operation to users. Ectocryp Yellow is in the final stages of evaluation and conformance testing and full CAPS certification is expected later this year.
The core product in the Ectocryp family is Blue, which is Europe’s only HAIPE(R)-certified* remotely operated cryptographic device. The Ectocryp Blue solution can transfer information classified up to Top Secret across public networks allowing organisations to minimise the risk of cyber attack.
Cassidian CyberSecurity cryptography solutions facilitate the service of protection of sensitive data for all organisations. The Ectocryp family includes versions that are being exported to countries from the USA to the Middle East.
* HAIPE (R) = High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor.
**PRIME is CESG’s preferred standard for encrypting all types of Government information across networks. Devices are tested at an independent lab using a test process to confirm that they comply with the standard. Devices that have successfully completed this test process are recognised by CESG as PRIME devices.
Note: At the time of writing, Ectocryp Yellow is being evaluated under the CESG Assisted Products Service, CAPS, and will be tested for PRIME compliance through the Conformance Test Facility operated by Roke Manor Research for CESG. The CAPS service evaluates encryption devices against UK Government cryptographic standards for use by UK Government and other appropriate organizations for data classified up to UK Top Secret.


Cassidian, the security and defence division of EADS, is a worldwide leader in defence and security solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications. In 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion.
Cassidian CyberSecurity is entirely devoted to addressing the cyber security market across Europe and the Middle-East, operating from France, the United Kingdom and Germany. Cassidian CyberSecurity’s high-grade expertise includes “Cyber Defence & Professional Services” focusing on high-grade professional services and establishing Security Operation Centres; “Trusted infrastructure” aiming at cryptography, digital identity management and high-security national solutions, and “Secure Mobility”, focused on services for mobile device security.

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CESG is the Information Security arm of GCHQ and is based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. It is the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for IA, responsible for enabling secure and trusted knowledge sharing to help its customers achieve their business aims.
CESG uses its deep technical expertise to provide its customers with insights into information risks and mitigations, enabling customers to reduce both the risks to, and impacts on, their information and information-based systems.


Deborah Waddon
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