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TEMPEST Standards

Secure Systems & Technologies Limited (SST) is a UK Company which specialises in the development and manufacture of electronic equipment for Military and Secure Government Organisations throughout NATO and Europe; including Ministries of Defence, Defence Prime Contractors, NATO bodies, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and other Government agencies.

SST is accredited under the CESG Formal TEMPEST Certification Scheme (CFTCS). The scheme enables accredited TEMPEST Test Facilities to certify TEMPEST products on behalf of CESG, the National TEMPEST Authority in the UK. CFTCS is the UK implementation of the NATO standard SDIP-55. SST has CFTCS accredited TEMPEST Testers and a CFTCS accredited TEMPEST Test Facility.

TEMPEST Standards & Good Practice Guide

The following standards are in use for the specification of TEMPEST equipment; the SDIP standards in accordance with UK Implementation Guide 14 (IG14) and Good Practice Guide 14 (GPG14) have replaced NATO AMSG standards. The following is provided for information only, please contact SST to discuss specific application requirements.

Descriptive Full Intermediate Tactical
/ Basic
Military
EMC
SDIP-27 / 1
NATO Standard
Level A Level B Level C  
NATO
Laboratory test Standards
AMSG-720B AMSG-788A AMSG-784  
NATO
Zoning Standards
ZONE 0 ZONE 1 ZONE 2  
USA
NSTISSAM / 1-92 Standards
LEVEL I LEVEL II LEVEL III  
SST Example
Products
SC8300TF
SN6570TF
SN500TI
SN52TIR
SN31TT
SL22TT
SN500ER
 

In addition to the above table the following standards are pertinent:

  • SDIP-27/1 replaces AMSG-720B / AMSG-788A / AMSG-784
    (NATO TEMPEST requirements and Evaluation procedures)
  • SDIP-28/1 replaces AMSG-799 (NATO Zoning Procedures)
  • SDIP-29 replaces AMSG 719 (Facility Design Criteria and Installation of Electrical Equipment for Processing Classified Information)
  • SDIP-30/1 Installation of electronic equipment for processing of classified data

TEMPEST Capabilities

Gloucester, UK, based Secure Systems & Technologies (SST) designs and manufactures TEMPEST, EMC-rated, Rugged, Encryption and Communications Security equipment. SST also provides consultancy, testing/training services including TEMPEST and environmental certification.

With an In-house TEMPEST, EMC and Environmental testing capability as well as Prototyping, Manufacturing and Project Management facilities, SST can provide fast, reliable, turn-around times from design through to manufacture and installation.

SST's TEMPEST and EMC Test Facility Personnel have many years of experience performing formal EMC and TEMPEST testing to Military and UK Government Test Standards on both fixed installations and mobile platforms.

Quality Awards & Accredidation

SST is registered on the Defence Contractors List, No: 22839, and is a UK Government approved Secure Facility. Its personnel are security cleared to UK and NATO clearance levels. Other qualifications include:

  • Quality EN ISO 9001:2000
  • UK National TEMPEST Authority (CESG) Registered
  • NATO Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA), no. 9092
  • TEMPEST Test cells approved with CESG (Facility Qualification)
  • Advanced Category 4 Approved TEMPEST Testers

Glossary of Acronyms

  • SDIP - SECAN Doctrine and Information Publication
  • CESG - CESG Formal TEMPEST Certification Scheme
  • SECAN - SECurity and Evaluation Agency MC 108/5
  • TEMPEST – Originally a codeword (hence capitalisation) since declassified; not as some may state 'TEMPorary Emanation and Spurious Transmission'
  • NSTISSAM - National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Advisory Memorandum
  • AMSG – Allied Military Security Guide