What is TEMPEST? Essay

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According to Whitman and Mattord, TEMPEST is a program developed by the US government to reduce the risk of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) monitoring. (Whitman & Mattord, 2009) Some believe that TEMPEST was actually a code word created by the US government in the 1960’s but was later defined as Transient Electromagnetic Pulse Emanation Surveillance Technology or Telecommunications Electronic Material Protected from Emanating Spurious Transmissions. (Whitman & Mattord, 2009) In general, TEMPEST involves the following types of procedures: ensuring that computers are placed far as possible from outside perimeters, installing special shielding inside the CPU, and implementing a whole host of other restrictions including maintaining distance …show more content…
neighbour room, 1 m distance). (TEMPEST/1-92, 2008) The second level is "Laboratory Test Standard for Protected Facility Equipment" This is a slightly relaxed standard for devices that are operated in NATO Zone 1 environments, where it is assumed that an attacker cannot get closer than about 20 m (or where building materials ensure an attenuation equivalent to the free-space attenuation of this distance). The third level is "Laboratory Test Standard for Tactical Mobile Equipment/Systems". An even more relaxed standard for devices operated in NATO Zone 2 environments, where attackers have to deal with about 100 m worth of free-space attenuation (or equivalent attenuation through building materials). (SANS Institute Information Reading Room, 2011) There is a TEMPEST Certification Program (TCP). It consist of three closely related NSA programs:
NSA certification is evidence that the company has successfully demonstrated to NSA that its product complies with the requirements of the National TEMPEST Standard, NSTISSAM TEMPEST/1-92, Compromising Emanations Laboratory Test Standard, Electromagnetics, dated 15 December 1992. The certification process substantiates that the company has in place the manufacturing capability and product assurance controls necessary to ensure the continued TEMPEST integrity of the

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