TITUS and Microsoft joint solution helps improve security and rights management and enhance data sharing between coalition nations.
Ottawa,Canada – March 28, 2007 –TITUS announced today that during the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) 2006, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US military tested the Multi National Coalition Security System (MNCSS) a joint solution from Microsoft and Titus. During CWID testing, the MNCSS proved to be an ideal tool to help improve security and rights management and enhance data sharing between coalition nations.
The MNCSS is an information sharing solution which uses classification software from TITUS along with Microsoft® Windows® Rights Management Services (RMS) for Windows Server® 2003 operating system. This system uses TITUS software to provide mandatory classification marking of all e-mails, attachments and Microsoft Office-based documents. TITUS Message and Document Classification help safeguard email and documents from unauthorized use while Microsoft Windows RMS serves to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use. Selection of the TITUS classification label is required before the document can be saved or the email can be sent.
“Secure information sharing is very important with coalition countries. Every country has information they consider classified that they would not want to share with other countries,” says Major Patrick Bailey, who is responsible for coordinating Canada’s participation in the event. “The general consensus was that MCNSS made the process of classifying data part of the thought process rather than being an afterthought or an optional step. It will also help us communicate with our allies and share information with them, which is a crucial capability for Canada as we build our defence policy around international partnerships.”
The solution can potentially enable multiple CENTRIX networks to be collapsed into a single network, helping to reduce costs and administrative workload. “The MNCSS can potentially make this information sharing easier and quicker as all users are on one network — there is no need to manually transfer information from one network to another,” says
TITUS classification markings are automatically inserted at the top and bottom of the document and in the email subject field. Even if the user does not manually select these markings, it will be enforced before the email can be sent. The solution can also be used within other public sector environments including intelligence and law enforcement that wish to protect sensitive information.
“MNCSS is easy to set up and permissions are automatically applied to the documents and e-mails to ensure that only intended coalition members have access,” says Charlie Pulfer, General Manager, Titus. “We appreciate the feedback we have received from CWID and are reflecting it in newer releases of our product. For instance, we have implemented a trusted label feature to address a concern about users being able to manipulate classification markings outside of Microsoft Office that was discovered during the CWID 06 exercise. ”
The CWID Final Report on the MNCSS shows that the joint TITUS
Microsoft system met all the objectives for data classification
and information protection, and is ready for fielding. For more
information on the final report see: http://www.cwid.js.mil/public/CWID06FR/htmlfiles/221war.html
For more information on the TITUS CWID participation see the TITUS CWID page
The Canadian Forces Experimentation Centre (CFEC) is an Ottawa-based organization within Canada's Department of National Defence that reviews and tests leading-edge technology that can potentially be used by the Canadian Forces to improve its response to military or other domestic threats. The CFEC is also the national coordinator for Canada within the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) program. The annual CWID event is an opportunity for Canada and other participating coalition nations to evaluate new and emerging commercial technologies and to develop new ways to meet interoperability challenges and operational requirements. The CWID event uses a global experimentation network to connect military services and government agencies from 23 nations. During the CWID event participating countries explore and measure the effectiveness of applications with potential for strengthening the military, domestic security and public safety. Successful technologies can then be rapidly adopted for operational use.
TITUS is the leading provider of email and document classification software solutions that make it possible for organizations to manage and control the flow of sensitive information inside and outside their enterprise and to meet policy and compliance requirements. TITUS Message Classification and Document Classification solutions allow companies in the military, government, financial services, and healthcare industries to share information securely. TITUS solutions help enterprises adhere to information security regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, NASD 2711, HIPAA and others. Based in Ottawa, Canada, TITUS is privately held. For more information on the company visit us at www.titus.com.