BlueSpace® Partners with Tresys Technology to Provide Secure Cross Domain Solutions

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Technology and Expertise Combine for High Benefit and Low Cost

Tresys and BlueSpace have come together to provide a CDS that defines a new level of usability, security, and enterprise-level affordability...

BlueSpace Federal, a provider of Multi-Level Secure (MLS) applications and pioneer of the MLS 2.0 approach, announced that the company has entered into an integration partnership to produce MLS 2.0 Cross Domain Solutions (CDS) with Tresys Technology, a provider of technology and engineering services for customers with high-security requirements. Tresys’ expertise in solving complex information security challenges across the Department of Defense, Intelligence, and Critical Infrastructure communities, combined with BlueSpace’s MLS 2.0 approach, provide users with a superior, innovative, and cost-effective CDS using proven technologies.

Tresys, based in Columbia, Maryland, is well-known in the Cross Domain market for its products and services in assured information sharing, deep content inspection, and secure operating systems. Tresys’ XD Bridge guard is a highly secure, high-performance appliance that has achieved PL5 certification and is priced well below similar products. XD Bridge adds strong security at each layer of the system—including a trusted hardware component and matching Trusted Operating System (TOS).

“Tresys and BlueSpace have come together to provide a CDS that defines a new level of usability, security, and enterprise-level affordability,” said Scott Winn, VP of Corporate Development at Tresys. “Our XD Bridge guard is designed to meet the most stringent Cross Domain security requirements and directly addresses edge-of-network or program-specific data transfer needs.”

The BlueSpace–Tresys solution solves security, flexibility, and cost issues associated with other Cross Domain approaches. The combined solution saves time and money and greatly simplifies system certification since it uses an already-certified guard. As an added benefit, MLS 2.0 applications require only the transfer of highly constrained XML, providing increased security and scalability.

“User productivity and user performance are both enhanced with the MLS 2.0 solution and Tresys’ XD Bridge guard,” said Pat Motola, CEO and President of BlueSpace. “The system allows users to do more with less, saving time and providing several benefits, including improved situational awareness, more thorough data analysis, decreased time-to-action, and better collaboration.”

One of the core strengths of MLS 2.0 applications is increased user productivity and performance over other approaches. When paired with the XD Bridge, the annual total cost of ownership (TCO) for the BlueSpace—Tresys solution is under $300 per user, resulting in annual productivity savings alone in excess of $3,000 per user. MLS 2.0 innovations lower the cost, time, and risk-to-field MLS CDS. Those innovations include:

  • Cross Domain Mashups and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA): By applying the concept of internet mashups to Cross Domain, MLS 2.0 provides a unified user interface to applications, services, and data that reside on different security domains.
  • Smart Windowing: By combining MLS 2.0 “orchestration,” trusted workstations, and seamless windowing technology, Smart Windowing provides a Cross Domain application experience on a single display.
  • Direct Content Access: By providing direct access to original content on its original security domain under the control of the original application, MLS 2.0 greatly improves collaboration, security, and performance compared to copy, filter, and transfer approaches.
  • Virtual Application Appliances: MLS 2.0 applications use modern, standards-based technologies and are deployed as single level, virtualized application appliances in each domain. The result is ease of management, scaling, and failover.
  • Pluggable Guards & XML: By utilizing the XD Bridge guard and transferring only highly constrained XML, MLS 2.0 is very secure and scalable. Cross Domain certification is simplified to approval of the XML schema.
  • Agile Architecture: MLS 2.0 works with tagged Smart Data and traditional networks, cloud, or traditional architectures and provides application access from any browser.

***See the BlueSpace—Tresys solution at SOFIC in Tampa, FL May 14-16 at Booth #1816.***

About BlueSpace

BlueSpace is a US small business that provides multi-level secure (MLS) applications using a breakthrough approach called “MLS 2.0” to help the US Defense and Intelligence Communities achieve information dominance. MLS 2.0 greatly reduces the cost, time, and risk traditionally associated with Cross Domain applications. Users benefit from improved situational awareness, analysis, decision-making, response time, and collaboration. IT benefits from flexibility, strong security, and broad platform support. Certification is simplified by using certified data guards and only highly constrained XML for all Cross Domain data transfers. MLS 2.0 applications such as email, calendar, and search are available on a COTS basis. Mission-specific applications such as C2ISR and Cyber Awareness can be developed on a GOTS basis using the MLS 2.0 Mission Application Framework. For more information, visit

About Tresys

Based in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Ashburn, VA, Tresys Technology solves the most complex information security problems for a wide array of defense, intelligence, and commercial customers. Tresys provides innovative product and services solutions for hard problems in Cross Domain, Deep Content Inspection, secure operating systems—including SELinux—mobile devices and OSs, and software assurance. Our knowledge of the secure design, certification, and accreditation of complicated custom hardware and software solutions, combined with insight into the sophisticated requirements of our customers, allows us to deliver innovative solutions to modern security challenges. The experience gained from solving real-world problems has enabled Tresys to develop industry-leading and authoritative services. For more information, visit:

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