Isode at TechNet Europe

In a weeks time, TechNet Europe kicks off. This is AFCEA Europe’s second largest annual event, and we will be there.

We will be demonstrating our Military Messaging system, and showing off the capabilities that make it ideal for deployments requiring high levels of security, such as:

  • Conversion/equivalencies between label formats, using a Security Policy (SPIF) based approach to map between the various supported label formats on Email. This will be demonstrated using our web-based email client, Harrier.
  • XEP-0258 (Security Labels in XMPP) support as well as conversion/equivalencies between label formats in XMPP. Our Swift XMPP client will be used to to demonstrate 1-2-1 and MUC room chats using security labels.

We will also be demonstrating our IRC Gateway product, the M-Link IRC -Gateway enables connections between IRC and XMPP servers.

If you’re attending TechNet Europe, pop along to the Isode stand for a demonstration of our software and to say hi to Jeff Tillotson (our Defence business development manager) and Jon Purvis (one of our pre-sales engineers).

Isode at NITEC19

NITEC is the NCI Agency’s flagship annual industry conference, focusing on advancing technological solutions and business practices to strengthen NATO operations. This year’s NITEC was held in the Norwegian capital of Oslo between 20 and 22 May.

A regular visitor to NITEC, Isode spent three enjoyable days at this year’s show demonstrating our software for chat and email messaging to an audience of systems integrators, technical influencers and representatives of end-user organisations (the militaries of NATO nations).

Isode’s Louise Hill (Pre-Sales Engineer) and Jeff Tillotson (Business Development Manager: Defence) setting up the Isode stand.

Of particular interest to visitors was Isode’s ability to connect different services, employing different chat and messaging standards, so that they become seamless end-to-end systems. Our demonstration of connecting XMPP based chat systems to those employing the legacy IRC system (using Isode’s M-Link IRC Gateway) was particularly popular.

Both chat and messaging demonstrations also featured security label translation, mapping labelled messages from one security domain to another (for the show we used Norwegian and NATO labels on the different “sides” of the messaging/chat systems).

Evaluation software for both Email Messaging and XMPP Chat software is available from the Isode website.

Swift 4.0 (Beta): What’s new

Those of you keeping an eye on the Swift or Isode Twitter accounts will have noticed that a beta release of the new Swift 4.0 is now available for download from the Swift website .

Swift 4.0 includes a number of important functional changes compared to Swift 3.0 as well as a significant change to the look and feel of the product.

The main changes are listed in the changelog but there are two big changes that you’ll notice immediately on launching this Swift beta.

Better Chat Monitoring

Swift already makes it very easy to monitor events in multiple chat rooms through the use of keyword highlighting rules. In response to requests from a number of users we’ve supplemented this with the addition of a “trellis” layout option, allowing multiple chats and rooms to be tiled instead of being exclusively displayed as tabs within a single window.

Swift in A 2x2 tiled view showing 1 MUC room and 3 1:1 chats with security labels and delivery receipts
Swift in A 2x2 tiled view showing 1 MUC room and 3 1:1 chats with security labels and delivery receipts

This new option (Change Layout from the View menu) allows the user to define the number and arrangement of tiles to be displayed simultaneously and then move chats or rooms into an appropriate position. The trellis layout option and the existing tabbed layout option can be flexibly combined.

New Chat Design

We’ve introduced a new, cleaner chat design which we believe will enable users (especially in MUC rooms) to keep better track of their own contributions to conversations allows for better display of message receipts and better indication of unread messages.

The Swift 4.0 beta is available for Windows, MAC OS X, Ubuntu & Debian Linux. Please email (swift@swift.im) or tweet @swift_im any feedback you have to help us further improve Swift.

Adding a Security Policy to M-Link

We have two small changes to our evaluation guide series to announce (with many more coming soon).

Our core XMPP Messaging Evaluation Guide, using our M-Link XMPP server and M-Vault LDAP directory, now includes a section on adding a Security Policy to your XMPP service. In this new section we show you how to add a the policy to your service and clearances to your users. You can additionally apply label based controls to multi-user chat, domains and peer services (all of which and more is covered in the M-Link Admin Guide).

The Security Policy we use in the evaluation guide is one of the demonstration policies we ship with M-Link but, if you want to create your own, contact us about evaluating our SPIF Editor. SPIF (Security Policy Information File) is a file representation of a Security Policy, in other words the definition of which labels are valid and how to check them against clearances.

R16.3: Multi-Master Directory, XMPP Archive/Search & ACP127 support

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Isode’s latest release, R16.3, which can be downloaded now from our website. R16.3 is a major Isode release which adds new capabilities across the entire Isode product range, including:

M-Vault

We’ve introduced a multi-master capability to M-Vault, complementing the single-master approach to replication defined in the X.500 protocols around which M-Vault was developed. M-Vault is the first directory to offer both multi-master and X.500.

M-Link

M-Link gains a new Archive Server for archive of all messages (including 1:1 chat, MUC and PubSub). XMPP clients can access archives using Message Archive Management (MAM) as defined in XEP-0313. M-Link also gains three new web applications:

  1. Message Archive Management, allowing browser-based access to information in the archive.
  2. Statistics, a lightweight monitoring alternative to the M-Link Console GUI.
  3. Forms Discovery and Publishing, for end-user publishing and display of FDP forms.
M-Link Statistics Web App
M-Link Statistics Web App

M-Switch

We’ve added gateway support for text based organisational message protocols, which we’re collectively describing as ACP127. The first release of this capability supports ACP127 and DOI 103S, a popular US variant, and enables conversion with STANAG 4406 (compliant to STANAG 4406 Annex D) and SMTP (following the MMHS over SMTP extensions).

In addition we’ve made extensive improvements to MConsole and M-Link Console to support the new M-Switch and M-Link family capabilities. For a full run-down of new capabilities in R16.3, please see the Product Release page. We’ll be publishing further blog posts over the coming weeks focusing on some of the new R16.3 capabilities.