iDirect Technologies Initiates Rigorous FIPS 140-2 Government Security Validation Process

Herndon, VA, November 13th 2006 - iDirect Technologies Inc (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc, today announced that the iDirect Series 7000 satellite router has been placed on the Pre-Validation List for the Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) 140-2: Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules.  Specially designed for the military and other high end users, the Series 7000 has become the preferred remote VSAT solution for combat units, first responders, intelligence agencies, and all support units. With embedded AES encryption and support for Transmission Security (TRANSEC), the iDirect solution already offers a unique approach to VSAT network security.  With the addition of FIPS 140-2, iDirect will be in a class by itself. 

The FIPS 140-2 standard is a joint effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States, and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) under the Canadian government. The standard provides third-party assurance of security claims on any product containing cryptography that may be purchased by a government agency.  With other recent homeland security initiatives becoming the focal point for companies everywhere, FIPS 140-2 is gaining worldwide recognition as an important benchmark for third party validations of encryption products of all kinds.  FIPS 140-2 validation of iDirect satellite routers provides buyers with a confidence in the high degree of security, assurance, and dependability.

The iDirect satellite networking solution, already widely deployed around the world by multiple government, military and enterprise customers, provides remote users with broadband speeds of up to 18 Mbps outbound and 4.2 Mbps return.  Each iDirect remote terminal includes a built-in router and is packaged with features such as link encryption, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) acceleration, Domain Name Server (DNS) caching and real-time traffic management Quality of Service prioritization all in one box.

In order to facilitate the prompt completion of the FIPS 140-2 validation process, iDirect has partnered with Corsec Security Inc, a consulting firm with more than eight years of validation experience.  

“Corsec is proud to be working with iDirect on the FIPS 140-2 validation of their satellite routers. iDirect’s determination to undergo this intensive validation process exemplifies their strong dedication to providing robust and secure solutions to their customers.”

~ John Morris
Vice President, Corsec Security Inc

“Security is a top priority for any user of military satellite communications.  Historically, VSAT users have had to make a trade-off between functionality and security.  The iDirect platform is unique in its ability to combine full encryption with Transmission Security, without impacting the network performance.”

~ John Kealey
President and CEO
iDirect Technologies


iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc, designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access.  iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America.  Please visit

Corsec Security Inc specializes in helping companies navigate through the complex process of receiving FIPS 140 and Common Criteria (CC) certifications.  Corsec’s consulting, document creation, and laboratory services deliver unmatched expertise in achieving government validation efforts at a firm, fixed price.  Corsec partners with companies around the world to achieve local and international certification and to add security functionality to a wide range of products. Corsec minimizes the time, effort and money a vendor needs to invest in validation while ultimately maximizing the return on that investment. For further information, please visit 

VT Systems Inc and its subsidiaries are preferred providers of engineering solutions, products, integrated systems, and services in the Americas across the core business areas of marine, aerospace, electronics and land systems. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, VT Systems operates throughout North America and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.
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Media Contacts:
Jon Douglas
iDirect Technologies
Tel: (1-703) 648-8042
Fax:  (1-703) 648-8015

Carol Hrovoski
Corporate Communications Manager
VT Systems
Tel:  (1-703) 739-2610
Fax:  (1-703) 739-2611