Case Study
SBL speed and flexibility installs submarines encryption solution on time

Twelve encryption solutions were installed by SBL on to submarine’s which were being upgraded by the Ministry of Defence.

The encryption assignment was commissioned by the MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, home to the Tomahawk Land Missile Attack Project which was upgrading several submarines from various UK MoD and naval bases. A preferred encryption solution for the laptops, based on submarines at HMNB Clyde, Faslane, and HMNB Devonport, Portsmouth, had already been chosen and SBL’s advice was sought as to whether this was suitable for the project in question.

The solution chosen was Stonewood Flagstone Enhanced. One of SBL’s security consultants discussed the feasibility of this project at length with the customer and confirmed that it was realistic.

As the submarines which required the installations were available only at specific times and places because they were in use, SBL put forward a series of dates when a consultant could visit each naval base to complete the work within the agreed time.

The first installation, of Flagstone Enhanced, was on to laptops of a submarine at HMNB. The consultant also visited the training facility to ensure that everything was in place for an installation.

A second installation of Flagstone Enhanced onto four laptops for one UK submarine and the training facility at HMNB Clyde was completed shortly after. Finally another eight laptops were installed on three submarines at HMNB Devonport

Tomahawk Strike network and communications manager Mark Anthony, says: “We received an excellent service from SBL and greatly appreciated their flexibility in helping us achieve our aims for this project in a very limited timeframe before submarines went back out to sea. We have an additional four submarines which will require Flagstone installations during the next 12 months and fully intend to return for SBL to do this for us.”

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