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Breaking Silos

Updated: May 10

In the digital world where data holds more value than currency, we find a pressing issue at the heart of both public and government sectors i.e. data aggregation. 

Imagine a cyberpunk-themed world where we have two distinct domains managing our data. The first, illustrated in a vivid blue is the low trust domain. It’s a bustling hub where data is aggregated, collected and used for various purposes. This domain is somewhat protected but still more open, like a city with security cameras and patrols. While it's generally safe, the concentration of data here could attract unwanted attention. This poses a security risk, especially when sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands, such as those of hostile state actors who might piece together classified information. 

On the flip side, there’s the high trust domain, depicted in a deep red. This domain operates in complete isolation, where data is heavily guarded. While the isolation means greater security, it also leads to questions about data mobility and interoperability. In the light of past events, we understand how critical these factors can become. Take the COVID-19 pandemic as an example; the protocols requiring physical presence to access high-tier systems posed significant barriers to remote work and affected personal safety. It’s a compelling reminder of the need for secure data storage within the high trust domain, not only for safeguarding information but also for ensuring accessibility to the intended users, especially during unforeseen crises. 

So, now we’re left with an essential question: How do we transfer and store the lower trust domain’s aggregated data securely in the high trust domain, considering the use of methods like encrypted USB drives and High Assurance Gateways, which primarily safeguard the high trust domain? Moreover, how do we ensure that data remains protected on the low trust domain, safeguarding it from potential threats posed by hostile state actors hovering over it during processing? The answer lies in CDHA, an innovative solution designed to bridge the gap between accessibility and security, ensuring that data can be both used and protected effectively.  

CDHA revolutionises data security by seamlessly bridging trust boundaries. With robust encryption and secure data transfer, CDHA empowers organisations to confidently manage and process sensitive data across diverse security classifications. 

This glimpse into the data driven domains of low and high tier sets the stage for CDHA, a solution at the forefront of merging accessibility with security. With the stakes so high and the digital environment constantly evolving, we understand the anticipation that surrounds such innovations. 

Stay tuned to our blog and LinkedIn posts as we explore the workings of CDHA in our series. Discover how it tackles these pressing challenges, providing both protection and access where they’re needed most. Join us on this journey to a more secure digital future and be the first to learn how CDHA could redefine data safety for us all.

Please watch our Senior Associate, Stephen Thomas, discussing this topic in-depth in this insightful video:


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