New WSO2 Federal Systems White Paper Explores Solution Architecture for Improving Information Sharing and Security

White paper examines how military and intelligence operations can optimize cross-domain, cross-compartment and cross-organization information using open source software

Palo Alto, CA – October 16, 2013 – The increased pace of military and intelligence operations across the globe is shrinking decision cycle times and demanding a more rapid sharing of information. However, traditional tenets of information security—barriers separating information and systems, differing classification levels, and strict organizational policies—often hinder the time-efficient transmission of information. A new white paper from WSO2 Federal Systems examines how IT professionals in the government sector can effectively address cross-domain, cross-compartment and cross-organizational policy issues using open source technologies.

The new white paper, "In Pursuit of Secure Efficiency: Achieving Operational Agility and Fiscal Benefits Through Secure Multiple Classification Level Information Sharing," was developed by Adam Firestone, WSO2 Federal Systems director of solutions. In it, Adam explores a multi-level information-sharing solution that exploits open source technologies. He also discusses how this solution creates a robust, reliable and secure mechanism that can significantly decrease the latency of information sharing while maintaining or improving levels of information security.

Adam begins by examining core cross-domain, cross-compartment and cross-organization information-sharing policies and issues. He then introduces information security technologies that enable cell-level access control within a key-value store (KVS), as well as identity, credential, and access management (ICAM), including fine-grained, attribute-based access control (ABAC). Finally, he proposes technical solutions to assist with create, read, update and delete (CRUD) functions for operational and intelligence data, addressing:

  • Metadata
  • Data storage
  • ICAM
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Logging, monitoring and auditing

The paper can be downloaded at

About the Author

Adam Firestone is director of solutions at WSO2 Federal Systems, a subsidiary of WSO2 Inc. In this role, he works across the scope of the WSO2 team to understand and craft technology solutions that address the unique challenges facing today’s military, intelligence, law enforcement, and civilian organizations. A former US Army officer and senior defense industry engineering professional, Adam has led the design and development of critical weapons and command and control systems, as well as spearheading the integration of open source software and principles within the defense enterprise. He recently was awarded the Historic Breechloading Smallarms Association’s 2012 President’s Cup and Gold Medal.

About WSO2 Federal Systems

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