Where we are now
For government agencies and defense departments, the ability to transfer information can be a matter of national security or life and death. The demands on stability, accessibility and usability are thus extremely high and the communication equipment used for handling classified information must, according to customer regulations, be reviewed and approved by an independent security authority.
Sectra has more than 30 years of experience in developing secure communication systems. The operating area’s offering includes approved communication solutions for the Top Secret, Secret, Confidential and Restricted security levels. The company’s solutions are used by customers in most European countries, and by the EU and NATO. This is the result of close and long-lasting partnerships with customers as well as national security authorities in many countries.
Secure mobile communications
The offering for secure mobile communications includes a complete system concept with solutions for various security levels. The system facilitates cooperation between organizations and units with specific security requirements. The solutions are reviewed by independent security authorities to obtain the approvals required for classified information. Products and infrastructure for secure mobile communications are sold as traditional product deliveries and as services including products, operation, security administration, support and training.
The product area is focusing on expanding into new customer segments for government authorities, critical infrastructure and enterprises. Part of this work involves an international partnership with the Korean company Samsung to further develop the Sectra Tiger/R secure mobile telephony solution. This partnership has resulted in a unique smartphone solution based on Sectra’s encryption technology and the Samsung Knox security platform.
Illustration of product offering (pdf): Keep communicating for a more secure world
Customer-specific development assignments
Project-based development of crypto products for defense departments and government agencies was previously the core of the business area’s operations, and the area remains an important source of revenue. Development often takes place in close cooperation with national security authorities, mainly in the Netherlands and Sweden. Customer-specific assignments include everything from establishing requirements and conducting preliminary studies to series production and maintenance commitments. Examples of ongoing assignments include a crypto for the Tetra networks used by various blue-light emergency services, and a network crypto for the highest security level of Top Secret. In some cases, the results from customer-specific assignments have been modified for sale to a broader market. Sectra’s Tiger products for secure mobile communications are one such example.
Communication solutions approved by independent security authorities
For government agencies and defense departments, the ability to transfer information can be a matter of national security or life and death. The demands on stability, accessibility and usability are thus extremely high, and the communication equipment used for handling classified information must, according to customer regulations, be reviewed and approved by an independent security authority. Four levels of security – Top Secret, Secret, Confidential and Restricted – define how sensitive information is to be handled and the potential damage that its disclosure could cause. Sectra’s offering includes approved communication solutions for all security levels.
Security analysis and monitoring services for critical infrastructure
The business area has extensive experience of performing the threat and security analyses required for crypto products. This knowledge can be transferred and applied to customers using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems within so-called critical infrastructure. One such example is the energy sector, where Sectra is in the unique position of being able to offer solutions that allow customers to better leverage the opportunities presented by new technology without increasing their exposure to risks. The company’s critical infrastructure operations are still in the establishment phase but show considerable growth potential. While Sectra’s services have attracted considerable interest, it is still a new market that has not yet gained momentum.
Illustration of product offering (pdf): How Sectra contributes to increased cybersecurity
The way forward
Focus on offering customers stable, accessible and easy-to-use solutions for critical IT and OT security.
- Grow in the area of secure mobile communications through international expansion, collaboration and further development of the product offering.
- Secure new customer-specific assignments with the potential to generate product sales.
- Use Sectra’s expertise and strong brand in the areas of cybersecurity and crypto technology to grow in the area of IT and OT security for critical infrastructure.
- Unpredictable changes in security requirements or delays in approval processes by security authorities, which extends the time before a product can be delivered to customers.
- Dependence on large, individual customers. The operating area’s two largest customers account for more than half of its sales.
For information on operating risks, refer to Sectra’s annual report.