Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering

Clients seek out HSC for systems engineering expertise due to our successful track record of implementing secure solutions that meet the demands of the enterprise. We understand that our stakeholders must meet evolving needs and our team of specialists develops system requirements accordingly.

HSC systems architecture team makes sure that the solution we are engineering provides cost benefits to the organization. We conduct market research and analysis of compliant commercial off the shelf components that satisfy system requirements. When product gaps exist, clients leverage HSC to develop custom made solutions to meet the demands of the enterprise.

The HSC systems architecture team has developed the following systems:

  • Cyber Identity and Access Management (CIAM)
  • Provided subject matter expertise in the areas of smart card, public key infrastructure and biometrics to help ICE design and implement a high assurance authentication capability.
  • Defined, supported, and coordinated the Logical Access Control System (LACS) design, development and integration, including technology assessment, cost benefit analysis and system security assessments.
  • Designed and implemented an authentication simulation lab to help DHS ICE optimize their security designs and improve their deployment plans.
  • Developed findings reports based on the proof-of-concept defining recommendations for hardware and software configurations to support the ICE user community.
  • First Responders Access Control (FRAC) system
  • Developed the National Capitol Region (NCR) First Responders Lightweight Directory web application for First Responder Access Card (FRAC) user registration.
  • Integrated hand held devices to check users against the database for physical access control to restricted areas using On-line Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP).
  • Personal Identification Verification (PIV) Credentialing Pilot
  • Research, design and develop identity-credentialing methodology using the state-of-art smart card, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and fingerprint biometrics technologies.
  • Demonstrated an integrated smart card enabled identity and credentialing system with DHS Office of CIO logical and physical access control systems using data from the DHS Personnel Security Applicant Management System (PSAMS) to represent vetted individuals; uploading credentials into the Card Management System (CMS), issuance of PIV cards that could be immediately used to open doors, log into the user’s DHS network account, send secure email and login to a demonstration web site.
  • Validated the functionality of the credentialing model by establishing secure, on-line, web-based services. HSC conducted IT assessments and technical evaluation of project schedules, design and functional specifications, performance specifications, test specifications, and test procedures.
  • Evaluated cryptographic solutions that represent the policy and practices for maintaining DHS PKI.