Handling VS-NfD classified information becomes much more convenient if you can encrypt it as a file or send it securely by e-mail. However, government agencies and companies may only use products with government VS-NfD approval for this purpose. GreenShield from cryptovision is one of the few solutions that has already met this requirement for several years.
The GreenShield offering consists of GreenShield Mail (end-to-end email encryption) and GreenShield File (file encryption). GreenShield first received approval for the processing and transmission of VS- NfD (as well as EU and NATO restricted) classified information back in December 2018, and in March of this year, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has now also approved the current version with numerous updates.
Password-based, symmetric file encryption
One application widely used by public authorities and companies is file encryption: until now, the file encryption program Chiasmus has been used to encrypt and pass on VS-NfD-rated information. However, the approval of this software expires at the end of 2021 and will not be renewed. GreenShield is ideally suited to replace Chiasmus. In addition to asymmetric encryption and decryption using key pairs (consisting of a public and a private key), the current GreenShield version also supports symmetric encryption for file encryption. In this variant, the sender and receiver do not exchange public keys, but agree on a password.
Virtual Desktop support
GreenShield scores not only with high usability, but also with support for various smart cards. In the current version, the approval of GreenShield has also been extended to server systems and thus also supports Virtual Desktop infrastructures. Integration into various existing VS infrastructures is thus also possible for centralized systems.
HCL Notes® 11
GreenShield Mail is the only VS-NfD approved email encryption solution for HCL Notes® on the German market. The current version supports HCL Notes ®11 in addition to the aging Notes 8 and 9 client. Last but not least, the solution’s multi-client capability is unique: it supports both Microsoft Outlook and HCL Notes on the same device. Thus, only GreenShield Mail enables a smooth migration from Notes to Outlook.
More information: www.cryptovision.com/greenshield
ePasslet Suite v3 – cryptovision’s Java card framework for electronic ID documents – will be available in 2020 on SECORA™ ID, Infineon’s new Java card operating system. Using ePasslet Suite, users of SECORA™ ID can easily and flexibly implement numerous eID functions. SECORA™ ID is the newest member of Infineon’s established SECORA family. SECORA™ ID is a smart card operating system based on the widely used Java Card standard. It was specifically developed as a platform for electronic ID cards.
SECORA™ ID is being certified according to Common Criteria EAL 6+ and EMVCo. In addition to Infineon’s in-house applet collection, SECORA™ ID also supports the proven ePasslet Suite by cryptovision. This solution considerably expands the functionality of SECORA™ ID by offering about a dozen additional applications. All common eID documents can be implemented this way, with a wide variety of configuration options as well as adaptations to national and project-specific requirements being possible – including electronic identity documents with several applications. The functionality includes the addition of applications on documents already issued. Cryptovision’s managing director Markus Hoffmeister: “We are delighted that Infineon customers can now use our suite on this new platform. The partnership with Infineon is another important milestone on our successful path in the eID market”. With Infineon’s SECORA™ ID as additional platform for ePasslet Suite, cryptovision gains access to another huge market: 70 percent of the worldwide population use identification documents based on Infineon’s security chips. To the Infineon press release
For the sixth time in a row cryptovision employee Klaus Schmeh was a speaker at the renowned NSA Symposium on Cryptologic History in Washington, D.C. This event, organized by the NSA, brought together 350 experts from all over the world in mid-October, including numerous NSA employees. One of Klaus’ two lectures (on block ciphers) took place within a panel together with three well-known cryptology colleagues. One of them had contacted Schmeh a few weeks before the event and asked if he could participate in the panel: Whitfield Diffe, the co-inventor of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange and co-founder of asymmetric cryptography – and thus one of the most important computer scientists of our time. Klaus, of course, agreed, and the result was a prominent panel with exciting lectures and expert discussions, which was one of the highlights of the symposium.
Good news for German authorities and companies in the field of VS: You can now use the GreenShield software to encrypt and exchange digital content that has been classified as VS-NfD. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has approved Greenshield as the only software so far. The GreenShield components were developed in Germany according to BSI’s “VS requirement profile Secure transmission of e-mails and files”.
BSI President Arne Schönbohm emphasizes:
“Strong and correctly implemented encryption protects the confidentiality of any digital communication. By approving GreenShield, we help governments and businesses effectively protect the sharing of sensitive information. “
With GreenShield, emails and files can be encrypted, signed, and securely stored in their familiar workspaces. Used by the BSI for VS-NfD.
More about GreenShield