Video: Protect Your Office From Wireless Attacks

by Rashelle Broadhuhn 14. September 2016 09:33

This video demonstration by Motherboard explains how sophisticated hackers can use RF radio frequencies emitted from electronic devices to wirelessly bug your office and unveil your company's sensitive data. API Technologies' SST and Emcon-brand TEMPEST solutions shield your office equipment, preventing the exploitation of sensitive data.

Explore our full range of SST and Emcon Security Solutions to learn more!

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API Technologies' Secure Systems & Information Assurance: 2015 Year in Review

by Jaymie Murray 15. December 2015 09:43

2015 was a busy year for API's Secure Systems & Information Assurance (SSIA) lines, which includes the SST and Emcon brands. Several new TEMPEST products made their debut this year, broadening our roster of highly secure communications offerings. 

Emcon TEMPEST Brother Colour MFC-9340CDW Printer, Scanner & Fax

Emcon’s Secure TEMPEST version of the Brother MFC-9340cdw is the perfect choice for today’s multipurpose office. This fast, reliable digital colour All-in-One with duplex (2-sided) printing incorporates the time-saving addition of single-pass duplex scanning.

 

Emcon Two and Four Port TEMPEST Level I DVI DeskSavers

Both the two and four port DVI DeskSaver models from Emcon provide the highest possible port-to-port isolation (through the use of unidirectional data diodes) between two or four connected computers. They are ideally suited for any office environment looking to conserve space and maximize productivity, such as those outlined in the Government of Canada’s dynamic Workplace 2.0 Initiative, while maintaining the highest level of security. Several cable options are available for easy configuration management.

 

SST Secure Data Hub

The SST Secure Data Hub is a portable encryption unit designed to facilitate secure communications. It's ease of transport makes the Secure Data Hub an ideal choice for mobile office settings. The Secure Data Hub encrypts and securely transmits sensitive and classified information for up to four connected devices, including tablets and laptops.

SST Cisco VoIP Telephone

The ST7965TF is ideal where a feature-rich colour display VoIP telephone is required for TEMPEST environments. Based on the Cisco 7965G, the SST TEMPEST VoIP telephone augments the advanced OEM with security features such as onboard fibre Ethernet and push to talk functionality on the handset. The large colour display and intuitive navigation combine toprovide an enhanced user experience. The ST7965TF supports SIP and SCCP signalling protocols with additional security features. The G.722 codec and wideband functionality combine to provide greater voice clarity andintelligibility with reduced listener fatigue, without increasing bandwidth requirement. This TEMPEST VoIP telephone combines industry leading Cisco technology supporting multiple QoS and VLAN options and media encryption capabilities with the proven engineering, integration, and compliance capabilities of SST.

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12 Days of Products: SST Streamline Range

by Jaymie Murray 20. December 2014 08:30

This season, who doesn't need a little streamlining? The SST Streamline Range of TEMPEST products are designed to comply with SDIP-27/I – Level B requirements.  The SCI4000 TEMPEST DELL™ Computer and the SL22TI TEMPEST Widescreen Monitor combine high performance with sturdy construction and blend seamlessly into any office environment. SST TEMPEST products are designed, manufactured, and tested under the direction of certified TEMPEST engineers in the Gloucester, UK facility, the first business in the UK to be accredited under the CESG Formal TEMPEST Certification Scheme (CFTCS), and the only UK business to be both an accredited TEMPEST manufacturer and test house.

Learn more about the Streamline Range, contact us, or request a quote.

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Meet the Team: Engineering Apprentice Lewis Childs

by Karen Gait 25. November 2014 12:00

SST, part of API's SSIA product line, is proud of our engineering department and the skills that our highly qualified personnel possess. Our engineers have demonstrated expertise in COTS product modification with in-house 3D CAD modelling and rapid prototyping, as well as electrical and electronics engineering across a wide range of products, environments, and customers.

As part of our acknowledgement of the importance of this skill set, we are delighted to have been able to recruit local student Lewis Childs as an engineering apprentice. Lewis will complete a four year programme and achieve a nationally recognised qualification whilst training on site at SST. 

Profile
My name is Lewis Childs, I’m 19, and I became SSIA-UK’s first Engineering Apprentice in August 2014.

Likes:

  • Playing football for my local club, Randwick FC
  • Cycling
  • Going to the gym and keeping fit
  • Socialising
  • I like food. A LOT. 

Why I Chose an Apprenticeship...
I have always been interested in product design and how things work. Through Gloucestershire Engineering Training I researched the Apprentice Programme and decided that this was the route that I wanted to take: ongoing education with hands on experience and the opportunity to work with and learn from other engineers. I am really looking forward to completing my first year of technical study at Gloucestershire College so that I can start full time at SST and become involved in the company.

What I Am Most Proud of...
I am very proud that I managed to get this apprenticeship. Being interviewed for this position was a new experience for me, and as I had researched API Technologies and SST on the internet, I was very keen to land the role. I feel that this is an exciting opportunity which I know I will enjoy. I do realise that it will be hard work but I think that it will be worth it, and puts me in a better position than a lot of young men my age. 

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Meet the Team: James Cook, Senior Design Engineer

by Karen Gait 17. February 2014 11:27

About Me
My name is James Cook, I’m 31 and I’ve been working as a Senior Design Engineer in API’s SSIA-UK (Secure Systems & Information Assurance) group, which makes the SST product line, for just over seven years.

Likes:

  • Nights out with friends
  • WW2 vintage aircraft
  • James Bond movies
  • Indie/pop music
  • Squash (I'll be turning semi-pro next year)
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Scuba diving, trekking & hiking

Dislikes:

  • Chinese food
  • Daytime TV
  • Cricket


Having been inspired in my childhood by my grandfather who flew with the RAF for 27 years, I grew up fascinated by aircraft, especially the design and operation of them. I took a degree in Aerospace Engineering but realised that although my interest in aircraft was unchanged, a design role within an aerospace company would not necessarily lend itself to the design creativity that I enjoyed.  I found that creative outlet seven years ago when I joined SST, and since then I've been lead in a number of design projects.

One of the advantages SST has is the confidence that our key customers have in our design abilities. I have been able to get involved from the start of a project, working with the customer to identify and prioritise their requirements, and then interpreting these into a robust, attractive, and commercially viable design.

I am always mindful of cost to the customer but also cost to SST!  For one of my projects, I took a commercially available rugged laptop and modified it to accommodate specific connectors and interfaces. Knowing that I have designed equipment that helps to protect data and aid communication, sometimes in difficult environments, is very rewarding.

Contact us to learn more about API's SST line of products.

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API's Most Exciting New Products of 2013: SST's TEMPEST Level A Laptop

by Karen Gait 20. December 2013 10:41

2013 was an exciting year at API.  Across divisions and across the world, the API team has introduced diverse new products ranging from tactical power supplies and microwave amplifiers to TEMPEST laptops and circular connectors.

This post is the first in a series looking back at some of the new and innovative products that API has launched over the past year.

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In order to be eligible to enter the competitive tendering process for a European MOD organisation, API's SST divison needed to offer a TEMPEST level A laptop. During the tender process it was discovered that our current OEM was End of Life, and should we win would not be available for this tender.

The tender criteria meant that cost was equally as important as technical compliance, and whilst the SST ethos is to produce the most aesthetically pleasing unit which exceeds the customer’s expectations with regards to functionality as well as appearance, this had to be tempered with a real focus on the unit cost of the laptop as European tenders are highly competitive.

 

Our design department was tasked with providing an attractive solution that met the target price identified by our sales team. I am proud that Sales and Engineering worked well together and compromised and cooperated to formulate a solution, ultimately resulting in the creation of the SN6570TF TEMPEST SDIP-27 Level A Laptop.

SST won the tender, and because of all the good work done when we produced the laptop, we came in under budget on material costs, the production team was able to meet the original anticipated build time, and we were able to send the customer an attractive, technically-compliant solution on time!

To me, this laptop highlights the benefits of a company like SST within an organisation like API.  We are small enough to be able to form close teams that work well and recognise each other’s skills and strengths, yet we have the backing of such a strong brand name as API which provides additional confidence to our customers during the tendering process.

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Meet the Team: Greg Dussek, SST Design Engineer

by Karen Gait 14. November 2013 10:14

About Me
My name is Greg Dussek and I’ve been working as a Design Engineer at SST for just over 2 years since graduating from Bournemouth University with a first class degree in Product Design.   

Likes:

  • Motorbikes
  • Formula 1
  • MotoGP
  • Nights out with friends
  • Drum and Bass music
  • Cinema
  • Italian food

Dislikes:

  • Miranda Hart
  • Dumplings
  • Rainy days (can’t go fast on the bike!)

Thin Client SV510TF Design
Detailed below is an overview of my latest project and how I managed to fulfil the design brief and meet the cost expectations of the Sales Department.

The project brief was to design a TEMPEST Level A Thin Client using the HP510 OEM with the main objective being to keep the unit as small and good looking as possible. My utilisation of right angled connectors and small back shells meant that I was able to keep the final size not much bigger than the OEM donor unit. A risk when striving to minimise the product size is that assembly may prove impossible. I found that the best way to ascertain if production grade assembly would be possible was by using the triad point on parts in Solid Works and manuvering them into position as they would be done on the shop floor. Once all components are mated in position the Interference Validation test is a useful tool which highlights any parts which are touching or overlapping.

We are always trying to produce the most attractive products possible but I was also mindful of the cost associated with doing so. Often in our line of work aesthetics very much come second to function but on this occasion the SV510TF Thin Client was a great opportunity to design a stylish yet cost effective product. By adding an oversize radius on the top front of the box I was able to give it a more interesting form – but still maintaining a simple stylish look.

Adding this feature did increase the manufacturing cost, however by working with our supplier I was able to reduce costs in other areas to compensate. The welds were moved inboard to make it easier and quicker to manufacture and the silk screen was merged onto one screen to halve the cost.

In the design of TEMPEST products cooling is paramount. A wave guide beyond cut off strategy is adopted with our hole sizes/position relative to each other to allow for cooling. I then shaped these holes on the top and front faces to arrow like shapes pointing centrally down the unit giving a symmetric effect. These “arrow” shapes also point towards the user interaction with the product, mainly the power button and USB ports.

The entire unit is made from 3 sheet metal parts and one simple machining. Reducing component quantities is a great way to reduce build time and save money. Where ever possible larger, heavier items were kept at the bottom of the unit (PSU, fibre optic transiver, IEC) to try and make the unit more stable. As a further option I designed a simple stand, this is unobtrusive to the design but provides even better stability.

All in all it’s a nice clean simple product. It looks brilliant and does the job required of it. The SV510TF is now CFTCS certified to TEMPEST level A and available through www.sst.ws with a variety of options.

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New SST™ Capabilities Overview

by Jaymie Murray 12. September 2013 15:43

Learn about all of API's SST™ division's capabilities in this brand new brochure! It includes updated info on our newest products, services, and other secure communications offerings.

Click the image to download the pdf version of the SST Capabilities Overview.

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