German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Secure emails for the BMBF

The challenge for the BMBF

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) required a solution for encrypting and signing emails for around 1,500 users. In addition to a high level of security, user-friendliness was a particularly important criterion for this customer. In particular, the selected solution had to enable the smooth use of departmental mailboxes and offer automated key management. Seamless integration into existing infrastructures and processes also played an important role for the customer. Finally, it was a requirement of the customer that classified information could be processed and sent in some departments. At the same time, however, VS requirements are to be dispensed with in other departments.

Our solution for the BMBF

The BMBF opted for the cryptovision GreenShield product as it best met the requirements mentioned. GreenShield is one of the few solutions of its kind to be approved for processing documents up to classification level VS-NfD and is therefore ideally suited to the BMBF’s VS requirements. The digital certificates for VS-compliant communication are provided fully automatically by a sub-CA of the administrative PKI.


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Hessische Zentrale für Datenverarbeitung

Hessische Zentrale für Datenverarbeitung

Secure emails for Hesse

The challenge for the HZD

The Hessische Zentrale für Datenverarbeitung (HZD) has over 1000 IT users who require cryptographically protected emails. The aim is to make e-mail traffic secure throughout the state. Like many other authorities, the HZD operates departmental mailboxes whose operation must not be impaired by the use of cryptography.

Our solution for the HZD

HZD opted for cryptovision GreenShield because GreenShield offers a high level of security and user-friendliness at the same time. It was also ideal for implementing the departmental mailboxes.


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cryptovision delivers encryption with military security

The challenge for the Bundeswehr

The Bundeswehr is Germany’s largest IBM Notes user. Microsoft Outlook is also used by the German armed forces. It goes without saying that e-mail encryption is indispensable for an army. However, the native encryption functions of Notes and Outlook neither have the necessary security evaluations nor do they offer all the functions required for large user groups. The Bundeswehr therefore had to look for a better e-mail encryption solution.


Our solution for the Bundeswehr

Although there are many e-mail encryption solutions on the market, cryptovision’s s/mail proved to be the only one that met the high requirements of the German Armed Forces. Unlike some other email encryption products, s/mail is client-based and offers end-to-end security. In addition, s/mail is available for both Notes and Outlook, which was an important criterion for the Bundeswehr.

It also offers a number of practical functions that are particularly interesting for large user groups. Above all, s/mail offers the highest security level of all currently available e-mail encryption solutions. It has a VS-NfD, “NATO Restricted” and “EU Restricted” approval.

There is no other e-mail crypto product with comparable certifications on the market. In a process lasting several years, the Bundeswehr evaluated s/mail. For cryptovision, the feedback from the Bundeswehr was valuable suggestions for improving and expanding the program. In 2007, the Bundeswehr acquired an s/mail corporate license.

More information

More information about cryptovision’s email encryption solution at the German armed forces is available on Heise Online.

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