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Mercury Systems Debuts First Self-Encrypting Commercial SSD for Classified Programs

Mercury Systems
Mercury Systems ASURRE-Stor SSD
Mercury Systems ASURRE-Stor SSD

ANDOVER, Mass. - April 12, 2017 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), announced the commercial availability of its ASURRE-Stor™ portfolio of self-encrypting solid-state drives (SSD) designed and manufactured at Mercury’s DMEA-trusted facility in Phoenix, Ariz. Mercury’s newest product is engineered to the rigorous specifications dictated by the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 standards, and the Common Criteria Full Disk Encryption FDE-EE and FDE-AA collaborative Protection Profiles (cPP). Today, customers and trusted integrators can begin integrating Mercury’s new self-encrypting SSD into their security designs to protect classified, secret and top secret data with the strength of advanced encryption standard with 256 bit keys in the XTS block cipher mode (AES-256 XTS).

Launched by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Security Service (CSS), the CSfC program protects highly sensitive data by simultaneously implementing two compliant commercial security components in layers. Unlike Government Off-The-Shelf (GOTS) Type 1 security solutions, the CSfC program leverages rapidly deployed, highly agile commercial technologies for data at rest protection of highly sensitive data. The NSA actively maintains a database of trusted security components available for CSfC implementation, inclusive of both hardware and software-based commercial technologies. Additional details on the CSfC program are available on the NSA website, located at www.nsa.gov/resources/everyone/csfc.

“Having pioneered the incorporation of AES-256 XTS encryption into secure SSDs in 2009, Mercury continues to lead and invest in state of the art microelectronics and security technologies for the defense industry,” said Charlie Leader, Vice President and General Manager of Mercury’s Advanced Microelectronics Solutions group. “With implementation of our ASURRE-Stor device in a customer’s two-layer CSfC solution today, Mercury provides our warfighters with a cost-effective, quickly implemented hardware FDE component designed and manufactured in the United States.”

At the core of the ruggedized new product is Mercury’s exclusive ARMOR™ processor, an SSD controller designed and manufactured in the United States. Using a suite of certified cryptographic algorithms developed by Mercury for highly secure defense applications, the ARMOR processor seamlessly integrates data at rest protection with predictable, sustained performance in thermally and mechanically stressful operating environments.

In contrast to commercial SSD devices for consumer and enterprise applications, the new offering from Mercury marries high-endurance NAND flash with a SWaP-optimized, military-hardened 2.5” form factor optimized for high duty cycle operation in the most severe land, air, and sea operating environments. In the event of unforeseen power loss during operation, custom power management circuitry preserves data integrity without the use of temperature-sensitive capacitor or battery technologies.

ASSURE-Stor SSDs can be ordered immediately, with fulfillment in approximately 60 days. Mercury’s application engineering team is available to assist customers integrating the highest levels of security into their unique data storage application environments. For application assistance, additional product information, or purchase inquiries, customers can visit www.mrcy.com/CSfC or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or secure.ssd@mrcy.com.

Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters™

Mercury Systems (NASDAQ:MRCY) is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and mission processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com.

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Contact:

Robert McGrail, Director of Corporate Communications

Mercury Systems, Inc.

+1 978-967-1366 / rmcgrail@mrcy.com

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