TeleWall passes with flying colors
- By George I. Seffers
- Oct 06, 2000
TeleWall, a firewall for phone and fax lines, proved overwhelmingly successful
in a recently completed evaluation by the Air Force Information Warfare
Battlelab, according to Air Force officials.
The Information Warfare Battlelab, at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, is
one of many military battlelabs that evaluate commercial technologies for
Over 18 months, the Air Force installed TeleWall at three U.S. Space
Command sites in Colorado: Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain and
Schriever Air Force Base. TeleWall far exceeded the advertised performance,
Air Force officials said.
"TeleWall worked better than we ever expected it to," said Michael Jackowski,
technical director for the Information Warfare Battlelab. "We went out with
a certain set of objectives, and the systems performed 170 percent beyond
what it should have done."
TeleWall, produced by SecureLogix Corp., San Antonio, Texas, scans telecom
networks for unsecured modem, fax and phone lines that could provide hackers
with a back door into an agency's computer network.
Jackowski stressed that TeleWall is neither an intrusion-detection nor
a listening device, but it does monitor network traffic and files automatic
reports on connections made from one phone, fax or modem line to another.
Battlelab officials in September reported the results to the Air Force
Oversight Counsel, which will decide whether to purchase TeleWall for Air
TeleWall didn't fare as well in the recent Joint Warfighter Interoperability
Demonstration, a massive exercise to demonstrate commercial information
technologies for possible Defense Department purchase.
JWID officials chose two technologies as so-called golden nuggets, and
TeleWall was not one. Still, Jackowski said he believes the technology could
prove valuable in the joint arena because it is effective, inexpensive,
simple, easy-to-install and a "doggone good technology."