IBM, TCS Team on Linux-Based Cross-Domain Guards

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), a supplier ofsecurity and information-sharing applications for government and industry, has partnered withIBM to launch the TCS SecureOffice suite of cross-domain guards based on Linux.

The suite is the first to feature such guards running at the Linuxoperating system level, and it fulfills Federal Agency requirements for secure information sharing.

Protected Data Transfers

Among the features of the new Linux SecureOffice suite:

  • SecureOffice Pathways, a bi-directional guard for data transfer from one security domain to both lower and higher classified networks;
  • SecureOffice Gateway, an automated high-speed bulk transfer guard for moving data from one domain to higher classification networks;
  • SecureOffice Releaser, a high to low network data transfer guard that supports two-person Reliable Human Review procedures; and
  • SecureOffice WebShield, a guard that offers browse-down capabilities from high classification networks to lower classified and unclassified networks.

The Linux SecureOffice suite will be available on the full line of IBM Servers, including the IBM System x, System p and System z.

“IBM is committed to providing Federal customers with solutions that support open standards and meet stringent government security mandates, specifically [those] related to information sharing,” said Anne Altman, IBM’s managing director of U.S. Federal. The company’s ongoing partnership with TCS andRed Hat to deliver cross-domain server solutions reflects that commitment, she added.

National Security

The SecureOffice suite for Linux will utilize the SecureOffice Omega Framework, a new technology from TCS that provides both a common architecture and a consistent interface for all TCS guards. It can also be used to build new guards for differing formats and requirements.

“The vast scope of information within government agencies and the intelligence community must be shared so informed decisions can be made that ultimately protect this nation,” said Edward Hammersla, chief operating officer of Trusted Computer Solutions.

“TCS developed the first Linux guards to meet the budget and security mandates [of] government agency requests,” he noted. “The SecureOffice guards support this effort by building a bridge between government networks, allowing them to easily and securely share information across multiple security levels.”

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