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AUSTRALIA - Defence Signals Directorate (DSD)

DSD's Information Security Group plays a key role in the protection of Australian official communications and information systems. For information that is processed, stored or communicated by electronic or similar means, the role of the Information Security Group is to provide material, advice and other assistance to Commonwealth and State authorities on matters relating to the security and integrity of information that is processed, stored or communicated by electronic or similar means; and to provide assistance to Commonwealth and State authorities in relation to cryptography and communications technologies.

Web: DSD

abin_logo.jpg BRAZIL - Agencia Brasileira de Intelligencia (ABIN)

In 1927, President Washington Luís Pereira de Souza created the National Defense Council as a support tool to the strategic actions of the Executive Power, thus initiating the intelligence activity in Brazil.

CEPESC – Research and Development Center for the Security of Communication – was created on May 19, 1982, to remedy the flagrant Brazilian deficit in the safekeeking of secrecy of official transmissions. The country used to import cryptographic devices which were used to protect its most sensitive diplomatic, commercial, and military communications. Governmental agencies did not have the ability to even evaluate the quality of the devices that they bought.


cse_badge_small.gif CANADA - Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)

In Canada, all matters pertaining to crypto security are administered by the Communications Security Establishment Canada. CSEC began its existence as the Communications Branch of the National Research Council (CBNRC).  Authorized by Order-in-Council 54/3535, dated 13 April 1946, it was the direct descendent of Canada's wartime military and civilian SIGINT processing operations.  Although it was officially born on 1 September 1946, the CBNRC began operations on 3 September 1946.

Today, the CSEC is the nation's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) organization. SIGINT, as defined by the Canadian government, is "all processes involved in, and information and technical material derived from, the interception and study of foreign communications and non-communications electromagnetic emissions." The name changed from CSE to CSEC in January 2008.


denmark_pet.gif DENMARK -  Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET)
                          Danish Security Intelligence Service

In its capacity as the national security and intelligence service of Denmark, PET must prevent, investigate and counter operations and activities that pose or may pose a threat to the preservation of Denmark as a free, democratic and safe country. Therefore the main objective of the Service is to counter and fight threats against the national security and the safety of the population. 

Web: PET

france_dgse.gif FRANCE - Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE)

The DCSSI provides anticipatory intelligence services to the French Government (accounting, auditing, security risk services...) in order to improve informations systems.

Web: DGSE 

germany_bsi_logo.gif GERMANY - Bundesamt fur Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik


jisec01.gif JAPAN - Japan Information Technology Security Evaluation and Certification Scheme (JISEC)

The Information-technology SEcurity Center (ISEC) is the center for promoting information security in Japan.


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 The Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) function of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) relates to the protection of information that is processed, stored or communicated by electronic or similar means and includes the formulation of communications and security policy;  the promulgation of standards; the provision of material, advice and assistance; and INFOSEC assessment and inspection services to government departments and authorities. These functions incorporate and expand on the more traditional functions of Communications Security, Computer Security, Communications Security and Technical Security.


sweden_fra_logo.gif SWEDEN - Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA)  or the  Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment as rendered in English.

Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA) is the Swedish national authority for signals intelligence. FRA is a civilian organisation, subordinated to the Ministry of Defence. 

Web: FRA

UNITED KINGDOM  - Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG)

BID designations means 'British Inter Departmental'.  These systems or equipment types were generally used by more than one single governmental agency or department. The authority for BID's are the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) who are part of GCHQ.  BIS means British Inter-Service. The UK CESG site lists all the current UK MOD and FCO crypto devices.  They have some good PDF datasheets to download and info on current BID devices.



National Security Agency (NSA)

 The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is America’s cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. government information systems and produce foreign signals intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the government.

FOIA requests can be sent to this e-mail address:

Web: NSA

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The National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP)

This is a U.S. Government initiative originated to meet the security testing needs of both information technology (IT) consumers and producers. NIAP is a collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) in fulfilling their respective responsibilities under PL 100-235 (Computer Security Act of 1987). The partnership combines the extensive IT security experience of both agencies to promote the development of technically sound security requirements for IT products and systems and appropriate measures for evaluating those products and systems


nist_banner2.jpg UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (3)

NIST - Computer Security Division

The Computer Security Division (CSD) is one of eight divisions within NIST's Information Technology Laboratory. The mission of NIST's Computer Security Division is to improve information systems security by:

Raising awareness of IT risks, vulnerabilities and protection requirements, particularly for new and emerging technologies; researching, studying, and advising agencies of IT vulnerabilities and devising techniques for the cost-effective security and privacy of sensitive Federal systems; developing standards, metrics, Developing guidance to increase secure IT planning, implementation, management and operation. tests and validation programs:

to promote, measure, and validate security in systems and services
to educate consumers and to establish minimum security requirements for Federal systems.


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