Data Privacy & Protection Week: Meet Richard Mundy, SSIA Security Manager

by Karen Gait 27. January 2015 11:38

As part of our Data Protection Week we introduce the SSIA Security Manager Richard Mundy, who is responsible for the overall data protection and information security for the SST product line. As technical sales director and security manager, Richard is responsible for managing key sales accounts as well as information and overall security at the SST location.

Q: What is your background and when did you start at SST?

A: As a teenager I completed an apprenticeship with Square D Ltd during which achieved a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. This resulted in a role as a design engineer. I have been a senior development engineer / assistant chief engineer at Philips TMC designing telephone equipment and PABXs where I also gained my Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After holding a variety of senior management roles at Dowty Limited and Menvier, I joined SST as the technical director (which has evolved into the technical sales director role) I also took on the additional responsibility of the security manager. 

Q: How important is data protection in your role?

A: Data protection is vital for all companies in order to protect sensitive competitive information.  This ranges from critical design information through to financial and operating information for companies. Every company also has an obligation to protect an individual’s identity and information, whether this be employee, customer, or supplier. With our role in the industry in which we operate this is particularly important as we handle classified information on behalf of the UK government and NATO organisations. This is a full time commitment to keeping aware of the latest risks and vulnerabilities, taking appropriate action to mitigate these threats, and managing the IT infrastructure to provide the best possible protection. 

Q: Is data protection and information security important away from the workplace?

A: For a great deal of these issues highlighted for companies to consider, there are parallels for individuals to consider in their home life.  The consequences of identity theft are well publicised and can cause significant financial or other hardships.  We should all be well aware of looking after our credit card and similar personal details nowadays, but how far do we take this really?  Do we adequately destroy bill receipts?  Are we careful of what we throw into the general refuse bin?  Do we change default passwords on home WIFI networks and similar equipments? Maybe not as often as we should... it is critical that we are equally vigilant in our personal life as in our work environment.

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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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of Secure Mobile Computing

by Karen Gait 16. September 2014 11:30

Secure mobile computing has changed dramatically over the last two decades. Technology has rapidly advanced from the slow cumbersome, and unwieldy devices of the 1990s to the powerful, ultra-secure, and highly portable laptops available today. The new SST Secured Venue Tablet is at the forefront of this advanced technology, combining the portability of a tablet with the ability to manage data to IL5/IL6 within the high performing Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet.

Learn more about the Secured Venue Tablet and SST's other TEMPEST, rugged, and bespoke products at www.sst.ws

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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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