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NATO buys secure message gateway system

Arif Mohamed

Content security specialist Clearswift is to build a number of highly secure messaging gateways for Nato’s Messaging System (NMS). These are designed to allow secure military messaging between Nato and non-Nato nations and operational forces.

Clearswift will work for EADS Defence and Security Systems to implement Clearswift DeepSecure, which adheres to high military security standards.

DeepSecure can prevent eavesdropping; offers a full message audit trail; can dispose of signed and encrypted messages, and has advanced content scanning facilities.

Dai Williams, Nato business development manager for EADS Defence and Security Systems, said, "Clearswift’s DeepSecure was the preferred solution that met the demanding requirement of the complex NMS Project.

"Their solution is the only one that will adhere to the mandatory EAL 4 requirement, which was key to Nato."

The contract comes as the Ministry of Defence prepares this quarter to name the IT supplier that will win a £4bn contract to overhaul its IT infrastructure.

Two consortia led by EDS and Computer Sciences Corporation are in the running.


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