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MSG USES COMMERCIAL-OFF-THE-SHELF (COTS) COMPONENTS

  • Uses COTS personal computers (site independent) which are reusable for future requirements
  • Uses COTS peripheral equipment (RAIDS disk controllers, laser printers, etc.)
  • Uses COTS operating system (Microsoft Windows NT)
  • Interfaces with COTS E-Mail systems (MS Mail, Microsoft Exchange)

MSG IS VERSATILE AND SCALABLE FOR VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS

  • Site or centrally configurable to match individual site requirements
  • Operating as AMME replacement system in Korea and Germany
  • DMS CAP certified for GENSER ONLY use
  • DIA certified for DSSCS ONLY and consolidated GENSER/DSSCS operation
  • DMS certified as Communications FEP for FORSCOM AMPS system
  • Currently operational at NIMA for replacement of OTC operation with E-Mail service (Microsoft Exchange)
  • Currently operational at JSOC for replacement of OTC operation with E-Mail service (Microsoft Exchange)
  • Versatility in above and future applications could result in cost savings by providing unified logistical support

SECURITY

  • Certified multilevel secure for message delivery in GENSER applications
  • Certified system high when processing DSSCS traffic
  • Microsoft Windows NT is C2 certified and uses NTFS secure file system
  • MSG application software contains multiple and redundant security checks
  • CRC on all messages processed (computed on input, validated before output)
  • Labeling of messages and output devices (including E-Mail) to prohibit community and security violations
  • E-Mail Authorized Releaser List is maintained by MSG Administrator
  • Security filter in communications controller microcode to detect messages exceeding port classification labeling (port is disabled if violation occurs)
  • Security is checked both when placing message in queue and when retrieving message from queue
  • Retrievable Audit Trail, Message Log, Error Log and Master Station Log

ROUTING

  • Destination Routing Indicators in combination with Originating Station Routing Indicator (OSRI) and Content Indicator Code (CIC)
  • Plain Language Address (PLA) and office symbols
  • Key Word/Phrase found in message text
  • Direct Routing by MSG operator to force message to specific destination
  • Complete log of where message was originated, queued and delivered down to each E-Mail user.
  • A Dirty Word/Phrase Filter (PERSONAL FOR, etc.) prohibits message delivery (i.e., the proliferation of a message across E-Mail) to any devices not specifically authorized by the System Administrator

SOFTWARE SUPPORT

  • Cavalier provides a software support program on an annual fee basis.
  • This program keeps the products current with operating system releases and changing requirements in the DMS system
  • Specific requests for unique functionality are handled on a case by case basis.
  • Cavalier is receptive to discussing additional support requirements (Help Desk, Installation Support, On-Site Support, Training, etc.)
  • Cavalier maintains an Operations Manual and conducts a training course for the MSG

MSG MESSAGE FLOW

  • INBOUND FROM AUTODIN TO E-MAIL READER
  • Messages received from AUTODIN are safely stored to the disk, a Message Log entry is generated and the message is queued to the PARSE process. The PARSE process validates the message, extracts key information (i.e., precedence, classification, subject, Dirty Word presence, etc.) which is maintained by the MSG system, and the message is next queued to the ROUTER process.

  • Based upon the routing criteria developed by the MSG System Administrator, the ROUTER process examines the message Destination RI’s, the message sideroutes, PLAs and Office Symbols, and the message text for the presence of Key Word/Phrases. This message routing analysis determines which output device(s) (i.e., printer, E-Mail, communication port, etc.) are to accept the message. Prior to queuing to any given device, message attributes (classification, SPECAT/SHD, presence of Dirty Word/Phrases) are matched against the device attributes (assigned by the System Administrator) to prevent the release of protected messages via unauthorized devices. If a mismatch is detected, the message is placed in the DEFAULT directory and tagged with a human readable advisory message for operator review and action. If proper, the message is queued to the output device and the process responsible for delivering the message is awakened.

  • Hierarchically, the MSG is configured as a Mail Client in the E-Mail network; the same as any desktop user. If the MSG is configured to concatenate multiple section messages, each of the sections is accumulated and concatenated into a single message prior to E-Mail delivery. High precedence messages are delivered immediately and, additionally, saved for future concatenation.

  • If the output device is E-Mail, the following actions are taken. The MSG builds an E-Mail envelope (mail deliver list, subject, precedence, classification, etc.) using the COTS Mail Application Programming Interface (MAPI) and sends the message to the Mail Post Office. Message Log entries are generated identifying each message recipient and the COTS E-Mail system (MS-Mail, Microsoft Exchange) is responsible for delivery to the client list.

  • OUTBOUND FROM E-MAIL WRITER TO AUTODIN
  • The MSG offers a feature rich capability for sending messages from AUTODIN from the desktop. Since security is a cornerstone of the MSG, an Authorized Releaser Table listing each E-Mail client who is allowed to release messages into AUTODIN is maintained at the MSG by the System Administrator. The MSG can accommodate ASCII text as well as one or more attachments in each E-Mail message from the message releaser desk. In addition, the MSG handles text or attachment(s) in JANAP 128, ACP126, ACP127, DD-173, SARAH/DINAH and USMTF formats. Therefore, DINAHMITE formatted messages from diskette can be introduced at the releasers desk and sent via E-Mail to the MSG and subsequently AUTODIN. When the MSG receives and E-Mail message from the client desk, the first thing that is checked is whether it came from an authorized message releaser. If not, an advisory message is both sent back to the message originator and also posted at the MSG. Otherwise, the ASCII message or each attachment is analyzed to determine the current format and additional processing steps required. The message classification is matched against the E-Mail device to assure the message does not exceed the device parameters. If a mismatch occurs, an error advisement message is sent to the message originator and also posted at the MSG. Each proper E-Mail message(s) is then converted into JANAP 128 format and queued to the PARSE process and subsequently to the ROUTER process. Message parsing and routing occurs as described above and the message is delivered based upon routing criteria found within each message. The MSG maintains a complete Message Log that shows the Receipt, Queuing, Format Conversions and Deliveries for each message processed by the system. In addition, an automated Message Search/Trace utility is provided which allows the operator to check the disposition of any particular message processed by the system.