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September 1, 1988

DYNASOFT AB LAUNCHES C2 SECURE ENVIRONMENT TO WIDER EUROPEAN MARKETS

By CBR Staff Writer

The fortunes of tiny Swedish software house Dynasoft AB of Stockholm have been on the up since its take over last year by the wealthy Swedish Wallenberg investment group. Dynasoft developed a C2 secure applications environment called BoKS (standing for Business Organisation Control System in Swedish) in conjunction with the Swedish Department of Defence, and is now set to market the product internationally. With newly established offices in Heathrow, UK, the company says it already has UKP3.5m worth of deals in the pipeline: managing director Philip Clarke cited the customers as NCR Austria, which recently used the software to secure it a $25m deal with the Austrian Volkesbank; IBM Austria; Unisys in Switzerland and Austria; and aEuropean-wide arrangement with Honeywell Bull. According to Clarke, the product sits between the Unix operating system and applications programs, and can be installed by a novice in 10 minutes. BoKS has a companion product, a security front-end system called Minuet, which provides a menu-tree system to control access. BoKS can be used to provide security for a complete system or for selective parts, such as a particular application or terminal. Other features include an inactive expiry system, which logs a terminal user out after a pre-set time if the keyboard is left unattended; full logs of any trespass attempts; hiding and encryption of any secure file that is at risk of unauthorised access; and a secure version of the Unix passwd command, which logs unauthorised attempts to change the password, and also alerts the system administrator.

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