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Choosing a Technology Partner to Deliver Information Exchange Gateways (IEGs)

In an earlier blog we looked at the wide range of NATO-defined Core and Functional Services an IEG must guard and how to select the right technologies to guard them. In this article I’d like to focus on some of the factors to consider when selecting a technology partner to help with building and delivering an IEG.

Breadth of Offering

First and foremost, an IEG has to guard a wide range of Core and Functional Services. While in theory it’s possible to source these from a number of technology partners, in reality it is very difficult to successfully integrate the various technologies by taking this approach.

The most cost-effective approach is to look for a technology partner with a broad range of mature products capable of guarding the Core and Functional Services. It is important that the technology partner offers a flexible portfolio – enabling you to choose only the relevant components for a particular IEG – and that they can be installed and configured via a common management GUI using rule sets that are common across multiple protocols.

Pay particular attention to the range of supported data formats and protocols as well as the capability to support protective marking checks across multiple data formats.  Also, look for products that are mature as they are more likely to offer a rich feature set and be robust.

We have a wide range of products in the gateway and the support we get from Deep-Secure is excellent and far exceeds any we get from other vendors”.

Delivery Lead. UK Defence Information Infrastructure

A Team Player

Successfully building and delivering an IEG that can be rapidly deployed into the field can only be accomplished with good teamwork.

Look for technology partners that can contribute at every stage of the project, from helping to understand and document the information exchange requirements, through creating a design that meets both the security and information exchange requirements, implementing the solution, knowledge transfer and on-going support.

“Deep Secure provided extensive cooperation and support during the design and development process, providing an expert team to work with us every step of the way.”

Marek Hajn, Senior Project Manager, MTI. Czech Army

Specialist Expertise

Delivering a successful IEG requires a thorough understanding of a range of specialist technologies from network separation and application layer firewalling to military messaging, data classification and protective markings.

Look for a technology partner with expertise in these technologies and the know-how to configure and integrate them and support the accreditation of the resulting system.

 “At the end of the day it has been observed that the synergy between operational and technical reality in working with Deep-Secure as part of our team, has demonstrated that this is most appropriate way to support delivery of an accredited system.”

Maj. Antonio IANNIELLO Commander of the Italian Airforce C4-ISR Innovation, Development and Experimentation Group. Italian Airforce

Proven Track Record

Finally, choose a technology partner with a proven track record for the successful delivery of IEGs to the specialist international defence and security communities across UK, US, NATO, and EMEA.

“One of the factors influencing our decision to work with Deep Secure was their proven track record successfully delivering IEGs to NATO and non-NATO member defence communities over many years.”

Project Lead. Romanian Systems Integrator


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