June 12, 2019

Race to Raise the Bar: Guarantee compliance and secure your agency’s mission

Carolyn Ford

Secure information sharing is a critical component of government agencies, but it can be both cumbersome and unsecure. Not only that, the cost to protect complex regulated industries continues to increase. Tasked with the management of data coming through numerous collection mechanisms and at multiple different classification levels, government agencies are under immense pressure to access and share large volumes of data with the right groups at the right time in a highly secure matter. This is becoming increasingly difficult given the ever-persistent threat landscape to include cyber-attacks, penetration and data loss. Delayed information sharing can put national security at risk and even lives.

So how do agencies securely share information across segmented networks?

With Cross domain solutions, end-users can collaborate when and where they need to, without onerous logistical barriers, which means better mission decisions in real time and faster innovation with less hardware and overhead. These mission-critical solutions enable agencies to access and transfer data and files between and within segmented networks to effectively and efficiently accomplish their missions.

Because of the nature of these solutions, they must continue to stay ahead of the adversary – which is relentless at finding new ways to thwart the mission. To stay ahead of the adversary, the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Cross Domain Strategy Management Office (NCDSMO) introduced their Raise the Bar initiative to offer strategies for continuous improvement and set requirements to considerably improve Cross domain solutions security and capabilities. The NCDSMO is a unified advisor to CIOs for cross domain capabilities and manages testing to ensure uniformity, all to ultimately improve the security robustness of Cross domain solutions technologies.

The race is on to Raise the Bar

With the program’s first deadline of V1 December 2020 program compliance quickly approaching, the race is on to Raise the Bar. Forcepoint Cross Domain Solutions, trusted by missions for over 20 years, are included on the NCDSMO’s Baseline for TSABI & SABI environments (by product), and are designed to meet current Raise the Bar program guidelines. Currently, Forcepoint is the only commercial vendor with both Access and Transfer solutions on the NCDSMO’s list – the most comprehensive cross domain vendor on the baseline list.

Because of our commercial standing and deep government mission expertise, Forcepoint is uniquely positioned to ensure that our solutions not only meet government A&A guidelines, to include Raise The Bar, but that they also balance strict security with the need to provide functionality required to meet our customers’ missions in the most cost-effective manner.

Take the pain out of upgrading with Forcepoint

Agencies who don’t meet the looming deadlines face substantial difficulties in acquiring, developing and reauthorizing of non-compliant Cross Domain Solutions and mitigations may be required for non-compliant Cross Domain Solutions. Forcepoint’s cross domain solutions are designed to support the unique and complex missions and objectives undertaken by those who protect our national security—from intelligence communities to defense departments and civilian agencies. Learn more about our solutions that enable better mission decisions in real time and faster innovation with less hardware and overhead and get in touch with our team to discuss your agency’s challenges today.

Carolyn Ford

Carolyn Ford, is Principal Marketing Manager for Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure at Forcepoint where she communicates the vision of secure information sharing and...

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