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Boldon James and INFODAS Partner in End-to-End Messaging Solution

Delivers Trusted Data Handling for Complex Security Domains

Boldon James Ltd, a QinetiQ Group company and INFODAS, Germany’s leading cross-domain solutions provider, announced on 18 June a partnership to provide NATO nations, military and defence organisations with the ability to email securely across different security domains. 

The two organisations have been working together to develop a trusted labelling solution required for NATO’s stringent standards to ensure a highly secure approach. With military and defence organisations challenged with sending emails across multiple security domains, Boldon James and INFODAS have integrated their respective products to deliver a common work environment.

Boldon James’ SAFEmail Military Messaging enforces communication protocols and delivers leading-edge ‘defence ready’ secure messaging to NATO and other defence forces. For the past 20 years, Boldon James has been leading the way with Military Messaging Handling Systems (MMHS), using Microsoft Exchange as the core messaging service. SAFEmail enables the safe handling and control of a wide range of sensitive data from unclassified data to the high levels of restricted government classifications across a variety of messaging environments.

INFODAS’ SDoT Security Gateway delivers bi-directional data exchange and filtering of structured and unstructured data objects. Designed and manufactured in Germany, SDoT products are accredited to meet the highest security requirements of the German Federal Office of Information Security (BSI), the EU and NATO. For the past decade, it has been used in the toughest mission critical environments around the world. As a cross domain solution, the SDoT information exchange gateway or data guard solves complex data exchange and protection challenges for government, defence and critical infrastructure clients, while ensuring logical separation of security domains. 

Both companies have been working on supporting specific NATO standards for several years and have strong heritage working with the military, homeland security, intelligence, and civil agencies. This has involved supporting the full evolution of relevant NATO STANAGs (Standard NATO Agreements) from early draft revisions through to the latest versions agreed by member nations.

Alan Borland, SAFEmail Product Manager at Boldon James, commented “With NATO labelling and data protection approaches evolving to address new threats and opportunities, Boldon James continues to innovate to meet these demands. By closely aligning our military messaging and data classification solutions with INFODAS cross domain solutions this enables us to offer an end to end solution that supports the emerging NATO standards. Boldon James provides the data classification element and INFODAS provides the information exchange gateway (IEG).”

Dr Alexander Schellong, VP Global Business at INFODAS, further observed “Clients for some time have asked us for an integrated end-to-end solution of these highly complementary products and we delivered. This new partnership enables a broad range of multidomain data sharing scenarios. Our solution solves a key challenge in domestic and international military and government digitization projects to protect sensitive data while sharing any data that could be shared to fulfill their mission. Together with Boldon James we will ensure that our joint solutions are applicable for both NATO organisations and commercial environments, not just today but well into the future.”

The two organisations are at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise (CWIX) 2020 (8-25 June) which demonstrates the resilience of NATO and partner nations as they continue to innovate in order to improve interoperability. During CWIX, the two companies will be working with NATO to showcase proof of concepts to deliver the trusted labelling required for the new NATO STANAG 4774/4778. The new STANAG 4774 Confidentiality Label includes the traditional classification and caveats seen in email labelling and critically now includes additional metadata, such as the creator of the label, the creation time, the expiry time and much more.  The Metadata Binding Standard (STANAG 4778) is the companion document to the Confidentiality Labelling Standard, and provides a consistent method for binding the Confidentiality Label to the information throughout its lifecycle, and between the sharing parties.

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