Developer locks up Defence

Developer locks up Defence

Local developer Vision Abell has teamed with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) to develop a new product that prevents hackers from accessing important government systems.

The new product, called Interactive Link, is the result of DSTO's Starlight Information security project, a program that was initially established 10 years ago to research defence computer security needs. The core of the system is a data diode that allows the one-way flow of information and effectively shuts out hackers, even when the secure system is connected to insecure networks like the Internet.

Interactive Link enables users on secure networks to access lower classification or insecure networks from a single secure workstation while information on higher security networks is maintained separately. Interactive Link displays screens from both networks on the secure workstation concurrently, so operators can use an application like Netscape's browser on the insecure network and display it on the secure workstation.

They can cut data from the Netscape screen and paste into an application running on the secure network, but not the other way around.

The first of a series of products under the Starlight banner, Interactive Link is currently undergoing a final security evaluation to ensure it meets the standards for national security. It will then go into production with the first systems to be delivered to Defence personnel early in 1999.

Future additions planned for the Starlight product range include the products to control and audit the transfer of information from higher to lower class-ified networks and secure videoconferencing.

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