For government agencies, information security is more vital than ever. Dependence on IT systems and networked operations, while maintaining the ability to collaborate across widely distributed resources, is increasing at nearly every level. This demand for secure, highly-available data systems has lead to advancements in traditional information security methods such as Multi-Level Security (MLS).
MLS solutions ensure data is maintained to the strictest confidentiality standards, while also allowing it to flow between security classifications as needed to ease communication and collaboration. MLS solutions achieve this by integrating a trusted operating system on a secure hardware stack for increased security or “hardening” of the total solution.
Silicon Mechanics is ready to help you benefit from a hardened hardware infrastructure. Our SELinux certified engineers and expertise with HPC clusters and advanced compute systems can help you streamline the architecture, build, and deployment of an MLS-ready system, and ensure that your organization is prepared for secure and efficient operation.
Security Enhanced Linux
SELinux is a security-focused operating system first developed by the National Security Agency (NSA). SELinux environments grant security administrators with full control over application read and write access to system resources. The strict, kernel-level security SELinux provides, has made it a trusted operating system for high-security information solutions throughout government and private industry.
MLS solutions allow data with different security classifications to coexist within one unified system, while still meeting strict federal security requirements. By giving security administrators a high degree of flexibility to configure read and write permissions, the right type of data access can be securely provided to the right users, without the need to create independent data silos for each security level.
An MLS solution can also help to ensure data integrity in environments where collaboration and frequent sharing of information are necessary. By enabling different users access to common storage resources, data is protected from human error or malicious modification, but still ensures critical government decision making processes are based on correct information. A well-implemented MLS solution can also streamline the security inspection process, ensuring accurate audit trails, and maximum transparency and accountability.
- Simplify command and control of data integrity and reliability across multiple security classifications within secure compute environments
- Eliminate redundant copies of data or resource silos
- Facilitate secure data sharing and efficient collaboration
- Consolidate security auditing for greater accountability
Silicon Mechanics is an expert in open-standards technology solutions with deep experience architecting, building, and deploying HPC and advanced compute systems for federal agencies. We bring our expertise in validated and verified IT solutions to each MLS-ready deployment, providing our customers a path to MLS accreditation and optimal value for their investment.
Your journey to an MLS solution begins when our engineers start learning about your organization’s existing ecosystem , the challenges you face, your budget, and your technical growth plans. How are your department’s data classifications currently managed? What are your team’s biggest security concerns? How do you measure success when it comes to security administration?
The experts at Silicon Mechanics begin the process of determining how an MLS solution could best be implemented. An in-depth analysis of your current workloads and security requirements can be used to provide guidance on how to transition to MLS. In conjunction, the feasibility of your transition will be dependent on variables like the size and skill of your staff, the space and facilities available, existing infrastructure, and the target delivery date.
We get to work on designing your MLS solutions. We’ll determine the requirements and tailor a solution precisely to your needs, taking into consideration all that we’ve learned about your department and existing IT infrastructure. The design will include planning for future scalability and specific capacity requirements for compute, storage, and network resources, both immediate and long-term.
The build process is when all of our expertise and knowledge begins to come to life for your secure computing solution. No matter if you are building a completely new MLS solution from the bottom up or expanding on pre-existing roles and access control measures, our experts will craft and configure each system node and component to the specifications agreed upon during the architecture stage, laying the hardware foundation for your transition to MLS.
Using our proprietary suite of software, our build experts now proceed with a comprehensive test of your new secure computing system. Testing at the component, server, and rack levels ensures that the performance, manageability, compatibility, and all other aspects of your new system meet our zero-defect standard. Once your system passes our testing, it’s qualified for fast deployment to your premises.
Silicon Mechanics is a singular source of excellence in rack design, equipment installation, cable management, and rack-level documentation. Our meticulous deployment process ensures that your MLS solution will provide optimal operational efficiency throughout the system lifecycle.
Experts from Silicon Mechanics will mount, cable, and label all rack peripherals, network, and power elements, so your integrated rack arrives on-site ready for operation. We also provide you with comprehensive documentation showing all the physical and logical component locations and connections, so you can start using your new MLS system to advance with confidence.
Despite their potential benefits, integrated stacks remain a confusing proposition. Ambiguity surrounding their pricing, technical limitations, and fears of vendor lock-in can be obstacles to adoption by potential customers. The experts at Silicon Mechanics can help you untangle the misinformation surrounding the various integrated stack solutions, find the one that best suits your needs, and unleash its potential to benefit your business.
Silicon Mechanics provides a hands-on training session for the administrators of your MLS solution, usually held directly after the deployment phase. Your staff will be given a comprehensive overview of the system, then taught to provision head and compute nodes, schedule jobs, and administer other key components of your verified Silicon Mechanics MLS solution. These training materials are then provided to the customer for their future reference.
Our Support Engineers are more than just a help desk — they provide expert-level diagnostics and assistance when you need it. With access to all the data that went into the architecture and build of your system, including hardware specifications and QA data, when a problem arises we’re there to provide accurate, knowledgeable diagnostics, and get you back on track quickly.
All Silicon Mechanics solutions come with at least a three-year warranty, but we offer a wide range of options and service level agreements for customers who want more than a standard warranty. No matter what you need, our focus is on delivering consistent and reliable service that keeps you satisfied and productive.
- 4-Year and 5-Year warranties
- Remote troubleshooting
- Email and phone support
- Return to depot repair service
- Advanced parts replacement for all integrated systems