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SecureView Boosts Security and Collaboration for Government

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SecureView Boosts Security and Collaboration for Government

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) teams with Intel and Citrix to increase client security while saving millions of dollars annually

Client strategies for the U.S. Government must be affordable and readily deployable while meeting the most stringent requirements for data security and operational efficiency. At the request of a customer, AFRL engaged with Intel and Citrix to create SecureView, a solution that expands on capabilities in Citrix XenClient* and 2nd- and 3rd-generation Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 vPro™ processors to meet these requirements. SecureView, which has been deployed at more than a dozen federal agencies, is less vulnerable to modification or corruption than traditional software-based security solutions. It also provides high performance for mission-critical collaboration and saves the government tens of millions of dollars in total cost of ownership (TCO) for every 10,000 users to which it is deployed.

Challenges
•Visually-based applications. Analysts demand higher client performance to improve the effectiveness of dynamic, multiparty collaboration without limitations on the use of visualization software, complex data set analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and other performance-intensive applications that are essential to modern analysis and collaboration.
•Costs and complexity of multiple security domains. Many analysts work across numerous security domains simultaneously. Traditionally, analysts have used separate PCs or workstations for different data domains, which is costly and cumbersome, or used server-hosted virtualization with thin clients, which also raises costs and risks poor performance due to network latency or server contention.

Solutions
• Government-industry collaboration. AFRL engaged in a technical collaboration with Citrix and Intel to develop a hardened solution built on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and government off-the-shelf (GOTS) technologies.
•Hardware-aided security. SecureView uses the capabilities of PCs and laptops with 2nd- and 3rd-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 vPro processors with Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), and Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT).
•Citrix XenClient XT. Citrix XenClient XT implements client-hosted virtualization with a true bare-metal hypervisor, using the Intel® technologies to provide robust isolation between virtual environments and verify the integrity of the client at launch.

Impact
•Mission effectiveness. SecureView provides local application execution and concurrent access to multiple security domains. This supports mission requirements, giving analysts excellent performance to run leading-edge applications, assess potential threats, and share findings across agencies.

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