The KIV-21 is a stand-alone, in-line network encryptor (INE) based on the National Security Agency (approved Embeddable INFOSEC Product (EIP). The KIV-21 was developed by ViaSat, Inc under the NSA's Commercial COMSEC Endorsement Program (CCEP) to provide Type 1 security for IP-based networks.
The KIV-21 INE for IP Networks (Photo courtesy US Navy Information Assurance web site.).

The KIV-21 provides Type 1 encryption for Internet Protocol (IP) -based networks, allowing
users to securely pass IP datagram traffic up to the SECRET level (TOP SECRET with NSA
approval) across private intranets, wide-area enterprises, and the public internet. The KIV-21
is a plug-and-play device that functions similarly to a router on a secure network and uses
network protocols to perform most configuration and path discovery functions dynamically. The
KIV-21 connects to the secure Red network via Ethernet and the wide-area Black network via
a high-speed serial interface. The KIV-21's Trusted Bypass protocol allows data packets to
navigate through non-secure infrastructure to secure destinations

ViaSat started initial deliveries of the KIV-21 in August 2000.


Physical Characteristics

Height (in) 3.4
Width (in) 17
Depth (in) 15.3
Weight (lb) 12
Red Data Interface

Electrical/Mechanical: IEEE 802.3; AUI (DB15) connector
Data Rates Supported: 10 Mbps
                       Protocols Supported: TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP, IGMP, HTTP (Configuration Manager)

Black Data Interface

Electrical: RS-422
Mechanical: RS-449 (DTE)
Serial Data Rates Supported: 8 Kbps to 3 Mbps
Protocols Supported: LAPB

Data Throughput Rate: 1.544 Mbps (sustained) at 2 Mbps Black Data Interface rate

Power Consumption: 40W max, 115/230 VAC, 50/60 Hz auto-ranging

Environmental: Operating Temperature +0C to +50C (+32F to +120F)

MTBF: Ground Benign 34,500 hrs (calculated using MIL-HDBK-217F); Naval Sheltered
              12,000 hrs (calculated using MIL-HDBK-217F)


Vendor/ Maintainer: ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, CA
In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA): SPAWARSYSCEN Charleston


Operational Systems Security Doctrine for KIV-21: NSTISSI No. 30xx (Draft)


 Manufacturer: ViaSat, Inc., 6155 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009; CAGE Code 47358


ViaSat Direct Sales: $15,700.
ViaSat Government Sales: $13,425 (DoD and other US Government Agencies)


1) US Navy Information Assurance web site:

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Feb 20/04