Authorizations For Use

As an Alarmed Carrier Hardened Protected Distribution System (PDS) compliant with the requirements of CNSSI 7003 (the replacement standard for NSTISSI 7003 as of September 2015), the instruction that governs the protection of unencrypted National Security Information, INTERCEPTOR is an authorized PDS option.

INTERCEPTOR CS has received an Authority To Operate (ATO) under the DISA Risk Management Framework (RMF). It is referenced on eMASS as:

  • System Name:                   (EUR) MCC Alarmed Carrier PDS
  • System Acronym:             MCC_PDS System
  • DITPR ID:                            DA305672

INTERCEPTOR also complies with PDS requirements outlined in:

Air Force Systems Security Instruction AFSSI 7703 with ESIM 2009-1 Supplements*

Army Regulation AR25-2

Navy Instruction NAVSO_P-5239-22-2

INTERCEPTOR is listed on the U.S. Air Force Network Integration Center’s (formally the Air Force Communication Agency) Approved Product List of Alarm Systems for Protected Distribution Systems

INTERCEPTOR is listed on the U.S. Navy TEMPEST A-PDS Approved Product list.

INTERCEPTOR has been exempted from Joint Interoperability Certification at JITC based on its classification as a physical security device.

U.S. Army has approved INTERCEPTOR deployments and handle all forms of PDS on a case by case basis.

The Army TEMPEST considers the armor in interlocking armored cable to meet the hardening requirements of CNSSI 7003, and provided that the optical cable is alarmed with a device sensitive enough to detect attempts to exploit the PDS, meets the PDS requirements.

*In a 2009 ESIM (2009-01) supplementing Air Force Instruction AFSSI-7703 (Communication Security: PDS), flexible interlocking armored cable monitored by INTERCEPTOR was authorized as an approved Alarmed Carrier PDS in lieu of Hardened Carrier PDS

Please contact us for additional information regarding INTERCEPTOR approvals.
NIS Export Policy for the INTERCEPTOR Optical Network Security System