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Annual Report 2013-14

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Pegasus Program sets new benchmark for secure email

In one of the Combined Communications-Electronics Board’s most significant undertakings in more than 10 years, an enhanced email and directories service known as the Pegasus Program is replacing the legacy Griffin email system that has been in service since 2003.

The Board is responsible for enhancing interoperability and capabilities for the defence forces of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. Through its Pegasus Program, the Board delivers improved information sharing services to users on the Defence Secret Network and the equivalent in the other Board nations.

The first phase of the Pegasus Program has set a new benchmark for secure enterprise level email between the Board nations by:

  • introducing new standards for email addresses
  • significantly expanding user access
  • adding additional attachment types
  • improving features with read receipt confirmations and non-delivery reports
  • improving directory information with additional user-definable fields.

Since June 2013, approximate monthly email traffic from users on the Defence Secret Network to other Board nations has been:

  • Canada—250  
  • New Zealand—750
  • United Kingdom—500
  • United States more than 7,000.

During heightened activity such as Exercise Talisman Sabre in 2013, email exchanges usually surge by up to 20,000 emails per week between the Australian and United States Defence networks.

The Pegasus Program will now focus on establishing secure web browsing and voice services between the Five-Eyes national Defence secret networks, with planning for future enhancements including  text chat, email and video services.

It has been a significant piece of work that has improved the way we collaborate and communicate with our international allies, resulting in stronger outcomes for all nations.