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UK MoD Accreditation for security provider

Nexor : 11 April, 2008  (Company News)
Nexor, a provider of high-grade security products and services to the military and government sectors, achieved UK MoD Accreditation Readiness Level (ARL) 8 for its high assurance guard at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) this year. ARL 8 was the highest level awarded to an innovative solution and confirmed that the technology is ready to deploy into the MoD's Global Information Infrastructure (GII).

Following its success at previous CWID events, Nexor's 2007 demonstration focused on advanced Information Assurance techniques in support of the 'collection to exploitation' ISTAR requirement. Working with CESG's approved architecture concepts, Nexor used the Sentinel appliance, running on BAE Systems' STOP 6 operating system, to provide a secure hosting environment and integrated its own protocol and content checking technology with QinetiQ's SyBard filters for attachment checking. This resulted in a secure, robust and flexible approach to security enforcement.

The solution was implemented as the DII Bowman Access Node within the CWID 07 core infrastructure. Using the agreed CWID data security policy, Sentinel was configured to prevent leakage of ISTAR information from the UK Bowman domain to both the Component Command HQ and the Joint Task Force Head Quarters.

All demonstrations and products were assessed against 9 ARLs, which were designed specifically for CWID to allow visitors to understand the technology's maturity in relation to formal accreditation. The use of nine levels Maps onto the MoD Future Business Group's format for Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and System Readiness Levels (SRLs) and the levels were defined using the UK DII network as a baseline. ARL 8* is the highest level achievable without having undergone a full, formal accreditation process and was awarded to the Nexor demonstration.

Steve Penny, business development manager, explains: 'Using our Information Assurance skills and experience of working in this area, we were able to meet the challenge of working with both commercial partners and MoD agencies to develop a practical and timely solution meeting stringent defence security and conformance requirements. As a result of enforcing the CWID security policy, we were able to help other CWID participants ensure that their data was conformant to the agreed standards. This facilitated sustainable inter-working between applications'.

* ARL 8 definition: 'it is possible to accredit this system as the risks are deemed to be known and are acceptable when the proposed mitigation is applied. The system has been extensively tested and the security enforcing subsystems may be undergoing common criteria evaluation'.
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