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Unisys stealth defeats hackers at University of Hawaii event

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Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) announced today that participants in a recent ethical hacking event sponsored by the University of Hawaii failed to access a computerised document protected by Unisys Stealth - or even detect its presence on the network.

At the event, roughly 100 contestants - including skilled professionals from the FBI and the Army National Guard, with advisors from the NSA acting as "coaches" - broke into teams and were assigned tasks related to such hacking activities as cracking encryption and social engineering. One of the tasks involved accessing a Stealth-protected .jpg document residing on a workstation connected to a public network.

"We view this as additional evidence that Unisys’ approach to security can protect even the most critical systems and data for public and private sector organisations," said Tom Patterson, chief trust officer, Unisys. "Despite the presence of law enforcement and military groups serving as attackers, the Stealth-protected data was untouched throughout the contest. The results illustrate the effectiveness of the product’s use of micro-segmentation and encryption to protect organisations’ most critical data."

Stealth creates segments within an organisation where only authorised users can access information, while others cannot even see that those endpoints exist. In addition, Stealth cryptographically confines access to a single segment of the network - which can include everything from public clouds to mobile devices - with no ability to move laterally to other parts of the organisation. This helps organisations mitigate attacks and hacker incidents by rendering devices, data and end users undetectable on networks.

The Hawaii event, held at the Army National Guard 29th Brigade Assembly Hall in Kalaeloa, Hawaii, followed a recent announcement by Unisys that Stealth was certified as among the products eligible for use by governments in more than 20 countries to protect their most sensitive systems and information.

Stealth was evaluated and accredited by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) as meeting internationally-accepted standards for trusted security products and solutions. NIAP certification, established by the NSA and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, is recognised by governments in countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Stealth also was concurrently approved by the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified program, opening the door to U.S. federal agencies to purchase Stealth within composite solutions that protect classified systems and data.

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