Military Communications and Information Systems (MILCIS) 2016

Military Communications and Information Systems (MILCIS) 2016

As leaders in Defence and Enterprise Information Protection, Berkeley will be again exhibiting at MilCIS.

Berkeley will be providing two presentations this year including a lunchtime presentation. Please note that seats are limited for this presentation and that lunch is served at no cost to delegates.


Operational Information Management

security, data fusion, interoperability & future trends

Presenters:  Scott Marshall & Richard Armstrong

Lunchtime Presentation

12:30pm, Wednesday, 9th of November


Scott and Richard will discuss some of the latest emerging trends in best practice Operational Information Management, with specific reference to the often unique needs of Defence. They will note some of the key challenges in adapting and securing various solutions to enable them to comply with AGSCS and ISM requirements, and note emerging trends that we are seeing both in Defence and broader Government information security practice both in Australia and overseas. They will also provide some key checks that you can make of your information management solution to determine its fitness for purpose.


C2 Solutions for the Warfighter

Latest capabilities in Enterprise Information Management

Presenters:  Richard Armstrong & Phil Hawthorne

Product Brief

1:30pm, Wednesday, 9th of November


Having delivered Secure Multi Level - X Domain solutions in the Australian Defence Organisation since 2011, Richard and Phil will update attendees on some major new capabilities which have recently been introduced on Defence networks to enable an integrated, properly secured delivery of information across dissimilarly classified networks with complete data security.

Richard will demonstrate with reference to recent operations and major activities how innovative new approaches have allowed information held in multiple environments, including Nexus, SharePoint, Objective, Mercury and specialist Intelligence applications to be delivered to stakeholders in an integrated view. These new solutions are able to operate over degraded networks, providing reliable and effective solutions for the Warfighter. 


AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium 2016, Washington DC 20-22 April

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AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium 2016, Washington DC 20-22 April

Berkeley will be exhibiting at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Washington DC from 20-22 April 2016. Berkeley has been securing highly classified data in collaboration platforms such as SharePoint for nearly two decades. 

Come talk to our staff at booth 1316 about how Berkeley can secure your classified data and enable inter-agency and even international classified data sharing. 

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 SPTechCon 2016, Austin Texas

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SPTechCon 2016, Austin Texas

Berkeley will be exhibiting our world class SharePoint security module Enterprise Security Services Platform for SharePoint at SPTechCon in Austin, TX from 21-24 February 2016.

Visit us at our booth

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See Berkeley at this year’s MilCIS 2015 conference

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See Berkeley at this year’s MilCIS 2015 conference

Berkeley will once again be appearing at MilCIS, which this year is held from 10 to 12 November at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, Australia. 

As well as having a booth in the exhibition hall and key staff on hand to chat to both current and prospective new users of our highly-regarded secure information management solutions, we will also be presenting a lunch-time product brief on Wednesday: Secure Information Management from the Cyber Core. Our presenters will be Mr Sheldon Kidd, Mr Scott Marshall and Mr Richard Armstrong.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Visit us at Security In Government 2015 (SIG2015)

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Visit us at Security In Government 2015 (SIG2015)

Berkeley is exhibiting at Security in Government 2015 from 31 Aug – 02 Sep 2015. The convention is located at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

Come visit us and ask about our Products:

  • Enterprise Security Services Platform for SharePoint – Military grade security for SharePoint
  • Nexus – a data fusion / information aggregation and dissemination platform with military grade security.
  • SharePoint to Objective connector – An automated records management solution.
  • Cross Domain Replication Data-bank – Berkeley developed solution for moving data between networks of different classifications


Ask about our Services:

  • Information security health-check
  • Information management for government and large organisations
  • Security cleared staff to provide managed services / software as a service
  • Secure enterprise search deployments
  • Custom application development / COTS customisations


If you’d like a complimentary pass to visit us please contact us.

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Berkeley’s Secure Enterprise Search Generation 2 solution goes live for Defence

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Berkeley’s Secure Enterprise Search Generation 2 solution goes live for Defence

Berkeley’s Secure Enterprise Search Generation 2 solution has recently been rolled into full production allowing for a comprehensive search of classified information held by the Australian Department of Defence. Berkeley worked collaboratively with market leading Lexmark Perceptive Enterprise Search to ensure that the high level of security applied within the Nexus product was respected when returning search results, facets and when conducting entity extraction for each user. The solution extends Nexus’ premium information fusion and security protection which balances the need to know vs the need to share and prevents staff from seeing content that isn’t releasable to them.

The enterprise search solution has substantial capabilities ranging from automatic notifications about new content matching particular criteria through to the ability to save historic “snapshots” of searches for future reference. This combined with the ingestion into Nexus of over 60,000 content objects a month from a wide array of sources means that Nexus continues to provide the “Single Information Environment” for the Department of Defence.

This capability is a first for the Australian Department of Defence in their secure web environment and is a continuation of Berkeley working with some of the world’s leading companies to produce secure information management solutions.

For further information please contact Berkeley.

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Nexus integrates Military Messaging and Objective EDRMS systems

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Nexus integrates Military Messaging and Objective EDRMS systems

Berkeley has successfully deployed our Nexus based Military Messaging to EDRMS integration solution incorporated for the Australian Army. Nexus automatically ingests Military Messages, extracts metadata and then archives the messages into specific Objective EDRMS folders based on its metadata profile utilising Nexus' Automated Records Management module. Users can also receive notifications of a new message, collaborate securely on the message and have it appear real-time in Search Views based on the messages metadata profile. In addition this enables cross-domain replication of military messages, secure Enterprise Search of military message content and a full audit trail of who accessed what message and when.

This represents a significant time saving for Australian Army staff and ensures that they no longer have to double or triple handle documents.

For further information on this capability or any of the other secure data fusion capabilities of Nexus contact Berkeley.

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Berkeley Introduces Defence-Grade Security for SharePoint

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Berkeley Introduces Defence-Grade Security for SharePoint

ENTERPRISE SECURITY SERVICES PLATFORM

MELBOURNE, March 17, 2015 – Australian information security software and services organisation, Berkeley has launched a packaged software solution which enhances the management of data security within enterprise use of Microsoft’s popular SharePoint application.

Based on its experience in securing sensitive shared defence information for over 15 years, Berkeley’s Enterprise Security Services Platform (ESSP) adds unprecedented levels of information and access security to the collaborative functionality of SharePoint.

As its core value proposition, this product addresses two of the key issues faced by information security managers – insider leaks and managing data classification and enforcement.

ESSP simplifies the management of an organisation’s SharePoint site so that documents are grouped based on their functional purpose rather than their level of sensitivity, making the implementation of complex access rights management processes much easier.

As a plug-in module to SharePoint, ESSP excels as an information security management tool for any public or private organisation that has a multifaceted hierarchical structure in multiple work-groups and that has sensitive data it needs to protect for strategic, privacy or commercial reasons.

Designed to work in any collaborative environment using SharePoint, it enables organisations to significantly reduce the risk of unwarranted access to work-group data as well as providing robust protection against the ever-present threat of insiders leaking sensitive information. According to Berkeley’s General Manager, Business Development, Mr Scott Marshall, ESSP is an easy-to-use, flexible tool.

“As recent high profile data breaches such as the insider trading rorts based on ABS data or Bradley Manning’s sharing of official US secrets have shown, the biggest threat to data sovereignty is often from rogue individuals from within the organisation who have authorised access,” Mr Marshall said.

“In managing access rights to data and preventing leaks, it is often difficult to establish the right mix of collaborative benefits in utilising effective ‘need to share’ tools while also enforcing the classifications of documents and data around critical ‘need to know’ security management protocols."

“ESSP allows information owners to decide precisely how widely or tightly a piece of information should be shared. As a simple example, a company-wide announcement would be shared across a broad audience, whereas papers prepared for discussion at a board meeting would need to be more tightly held."

“Out of the box, SharePoint allows administrators – generally specialist IT personnel – the ability to see all content in SharePoint regardless of the permissions assigned to it. We’ve stopped that with ESSP. An easy-to-use graphical user interface allows all content-creation, access and editing permissions in SharePoint to be managed at the work-group level as opposed to being the responsibility of IT administrators.”

Meanwhile, complexities around data classification and enforcement are also addressed by ESSP.

“Most SharePoint installations don’t have an implemented data classification capability,” Mr Marshall added. “ESSP prompts each posting of new content to specify who can see the data and for how long. This allows for an organisation to mandate a data classification scheme to be applied to every object in SharePoint and have that classification scheme enforced.”

Apart from the strengthening of data loss prevention processes and simplifying the classification of large amounts of shared data, one of the key benefits from this enhanced access rights management is the reduced burden on specialist technical personnel.

“In large organisations with large quantities of dispersed sensitive data in SharePoint, administrators would previously spend significant amounts of time designing, implementing and maintaining complex access structures for a sprawling array of disparate projects, content and work groups,” Mr Marshall said. “That complexity is reduced to automated processes that require content originators to define the boundaries and lifecycle of access rights through the easy selection of access rights and expiry dates for each staff member’s permissions.

“This automatically eliminates the potential threat of future irregular access from individuals who are no longer involved in the use of shared information.”

ESSP provides out-of-the-box compliance with the Australian Government Security Classification System (AGSCS) but it can also be easily customised to achieve alignment with alternative information governance frameworks.

By design, AGSCS compliance eliminates many of the nightmares large government agencies have faced in implementing complex rules to manage SharePoint sites to meet these mandated minimum requirements. For non-government organisations, an alternative security classification system can be readily plugged in if required, based on the customer's specific requirements.

Another feature of ESSP that very effectively protects sensitive data against theft and leaks is the capability to set up automated notifications which generate alerts when any unauthorised person attempts to illegitimately access or share a sensitive document either maliciously or accidentally. This matures data loss prevention from a reactive process to a proactive one.

“Typically, those in charge of information security have relied on forensic audit capabilities and thorough pre-appointment vetting of personnel to limit the risk of malicious insider leaks,” Mr Marshall said. “This, however, doesn’t provide the capability to stop leaks or thefts before they cause reputational damage, criminal advantage or financial loss.

“Risking being caught in the act of dishonestly accessing or sharing data serves as a substantial deterrent to perpetrators of this sort of crime.”

ESSP also provides a ‘No Lone Zone’ capability which means that nominated, highly sensitive or classified documents can only be opened by a user for a given period of time and only if a second authorised staff member also authenticates or grants permission.

Berkeley also has a team of specialist security consultants that can help customise the SharePoint solution to the exact requirements of individual organisations.

For more information on Berkeley’s Enterprise Security Services Platform for SharePoint see: https://www.berkeleyit.com/sharepoint/.

ABOUT BERKELEY

Founded in the late 1990s, Berkeley serves clients all over the world including Australia, Asia, North America and the Middle East.

Berkeley operates three core divisions: Enterprise Application Development (design, development and enhancement of our offerings), Enterprise Security and Systems Support Services (ongoing commitment to client service) and Internet and Cloud Services (making Berkeley applications available using alternative hardware solutions).

Berkeley continuously strives to meet the needs of each of its valued clients. Its success has been heavily dependent on repeat/referred service based on its willingness to help information security specialists do their jobs better.

Berkeley prides itself on delivering solutions on time, within budget and in accordance with specification.


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Berkeley exhibiting at INTERPOL World Conference

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Berkeley exhibiting at INTERPOL World Conference

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Berkeley will be exhibiting at the INTERPOL World Conference, held in Singapore between 14-16 April 2015. Berkeley's Enterprise Security Services Platform for SharePoint and Proteus solutions have assisted law enforcement agencies such as the Australian Federal Police share sensitive information with other departments.

If you'd like to see how our solutions enable the law enforcement community to collaborate on sensitive and non-sensitive data in the one place come visit us at booth #L1-S16 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore. In line with the conference theme of "Fostering Innovation for Global Security Challenges" our products allow law enforcement agencies to collaborate across borders.

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Major new updates for Proteus

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Major new updates for Proteus

Berkeley’s Proteus Secure Information Management solution has just had a major upgrade that has been rolled out to the user community. The Enterprise Search capability has had substantial new capabilities added, ranging from automatic notifications about new content matching particular criteria through to the ability to save historic “snapshots” of searches for future reference. Proteus is now able to ingest XML-based content and automatically create content items from it, furthering the capability already in place to ingest emails and Mercury messages. There have also been some User Interface enhancements, including a new “lightbox” style of viewing content items that displays content, associated metadata and collaboration in a single view.

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Did you see us at MilCIS 2014?

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Did you see us at MilCIS 2014?

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Berkeley was delighted to attend MilCIS 2014 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from 11 to 13 November. As always it was a great opportunity for the Berkeley team to catch up with our many customers and stakeholders in attendance. We were also very excited at the big turnout for our presentation session ‘New Directions in Secure Information Management’, where we discussed the latest methods and product solutions we employ to deliver information in a secure manner to the ADF. If you weren't able to make it to our presentation, we have made the slides and audio available for all to view. Feel free to contact the Berkeley team if you'd like any more information.

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Did you see us at FutureGov?

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Did you see us at FutureGov?

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Hot on the heels of our appearance at MilCIS 2014 in Canberra, we were pleased to sponsor and exhibit at the FutureGov Summit, a conference track of 250 top officials in combination with an Expo showcasing the latest government ICT solutions to an additional 500 visitors. If you weren't able to drop by our stand in the exhibition area but would like to get in touch, contact us any time!

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Berkeley moves into a new ACT office

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Berkeley moves into a new ACT office

Berkeley has moved into new office premises in Canberra, reflecting the growing presence of Berkeley in secure Information Management within the Australian Government space. The new office is located in the Serron CyberCentre in Fyshwick, already popular for Australian Government. Contact details are as follows:

Suite 4 , Serron CyberCentre 12 Albany Street Fyshwick ACT 2609 AUSTRALIA

Tel: 02 6162 6306 Fax: 02 6162 6300

Our new office complements our existing office facilities in the Sydney CBD, as well as the many staff we have operating on-site within Australian Government sites on any given day providing support services for Berkeley products. We pride ourselves on our availability to our customers and the new office will further enhance this quality.

 

 

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Berkeley: Finalist in Defence Security Awards

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Berkeley: Finalist in Defence Security Awards

We are very excited to announce that Berkeley's Phil Hawthorne is a finalist in the Defence Security Awards 2014 for the category "Outstanding contribution to security by defence industry". Phil has been instrumental in implementing leading-edge ISM-compliant information management within Australian Defence, including the JOCWeb and Nexus (Proteus) solutions that have formed the backbone of Defence's secure information management environment. More information: Defence Security Authority website

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Nexus contract extension at Australian Defence

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Nexus contract extension at Australian Defence

Berkeley is delighted to announce that it has entered into a multi-year contract extension with the Australian Defence Organisation for the support of SharePoint and Nexus (Proteus) based Secure Information Management solutions within Defence. Berkeley Managing Director Mark Naglost praised the decision, which followed an exhaustive review into the capabilities delivered by the Berkeley Nexus solution and the feasibility of alternative solutions from other vendors.

It recognises that Nexus is a genuinely scalable, deployable C2 solution,” said Mark. Similarly, the extension of SharePoint support was seen as a vote of confidence in the proficiency of the Berkeley team. “With the experience of 15 years of delivering solutions tailored for Defence, we have a unique understanding of Defence information management and collaboration requirements.

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Did you see us at Security in Government 2014?

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Did you see us at Security in Government 2014?

Berkeley was delighted to attend this year's Security in Government conference at the National Convention Centre in Canberra in September. The theme of this year's conference, Mitigating the Trusted Insider Threat, is a topic of keen interest to Berkeley and we were happy to discuss our solutions with a number of organisations and explain how Berkeley customers have come to rely on our solutions to help protect against just such a threat. If you wanted to catch up with us but weren't able to make it, please feel free to contact our team at any time!

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Enterprise Security Services Platform update

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Enterprise Security Services Platform update

Berkeley’s new Enterprise Security Services Platform (ESSP) for SharePoint has attracted significant interest from both Federal and State Government agencies requiring a secure SharePoint solution for their information management. The forthcoming upgrade, which will see some exciting new capabilities in the area of audit reporting, is keenly awaited. We expect to make some further announcements in the near future, so watch this space!

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IM Support for Army

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IM Support for Army

Berkeley has expanded its 15 year partnership with the Australian Defence Force via a project to deliver Information Management (IM) and SharePoint support services to a core component of the Australian Army. The project leverages Berkeley's existing contract to provide specialist secure IM support services across all Defence groups and demonstrates the versatility of the company to deliver services across a wide array of technology platforms. Interested in finding out more?

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