COMMON SECURE INFORMATION EXCHANGE SCENARIOS

Ensuring you balance security and usability

Secure Information Exchange iconSecure information exchange is simply the process of getting information in to or out of secure (classified or highly protected) networks.

All information exchange scenarios are unique and must be examined for their business benefit and the risk that they are exposing the organisation to, but the potential benefits of becoming more joined up, in a controlled and managed manner, are almost limitless.

Here are some examples of secure information exchange scenarios that we regularly see. They can be achieved, even in higher classification networks, by following the appropriate cyber policies from national technical authorities.

Management

  • Network Monitoring – it is often necessary to get all management information into a single location, such as a Security Operations Centre (SOC), for visualisation and analysis.
  • System Updates – it is imperative that applications, systems and networks are kept up-to-date, for functionality and performance reasons as well as to protect against vulnerabilities and a changing threat.

Collaboration

  • Communication – the secure import and export of emails (with attachments), chat messages and voice/video teleconference streams allows much more streamlined communication between communities operating at different trust levels.
  • File Exchange – most corporate knowledge is captured in the form of electronic files, be they written documents, spreadsheets or presentations. Being able to share these documents across trust domains, when appropriate, allows knowledge to be pooled and informs decision making.
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System Interaction

  • Secure Printing – it is often necessary, normally for cost saving purposes, to provide a large group of individuals with access to centralised print resources from a variety of corporate and operational networks at different trust levels.
  • Device Control – not all of the devices that we may want to interact with will necessarily be on your network(s). For example, the control and monitoring of CCTV networks, where the cameras themselves tend to be placed within unsecure environments but operated from a secure control room.

Discovery & Access

  • Web Access – the Internet has become an invaluable tool for finding and discovering open-source information but it brings with it considerable risk. Preventing access to this rich source of intelligence is mission-limiting but access must be appropriately protected and authorised to ensure safe usage as information flows in to and out of the secure network.
  • Cloud Enablement – secure adoption of cloud technologies can bring many business benefits, such as economies of scale, reduced spending on technology infrastructure and streamlined processes.

Military Environments

  • Information Exchange Gateways (IEGs) – with the increased reliance on coalition working, IEGs are systems designed to facilitate secure communication between different security and management domains. They have been adopted by a variety of defence-related organisations including NATO and the European Defence Agency.
  • Military Messaging Handling Systems (MMHS) – despite differing messaging standards and disparate systems, military organisations need to be able communicate with one another in a secure and timely way in order to ensure that critical sensitive information can be received on time and that it is not compromised in the process.

Take a look at our selection of case studies to see how a range of defence, government and critical national infrastructure organisations have benefitted from our secure information exchange solutions.

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Secure Information Exchange: Reference Architecture White Paper

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Secure Information Exchange: Reference Architecture - In today’s world, information sharing is key to improved productivity, efficient and accurate decision making and effective collaboration. MORE DETAILS

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Securely Available Information (A European Rail Network) - When you are using a number of disconnected systems to manage critical infrastructure, none of which talk to each other by design, you need to get information out of these systems without the risk of introducing anything nasty. MORE DETAILS
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