Secure Access Management for Secure Operational Networks (SAMSON) – Project Management Closeout Report


  1. Simmelink, D.
  2. Charlebois, D.
  3. Carruthers, B.
  4. Henderson, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Research Centre, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This report documents the final status of the Secure Access Management for Secure Operational Networks (SAMSON) project. Initial demonstration of the SAMSON was planned for the lab, but in order to bring in more operational experience to the project team, a live operational environment was demonstrated in September 2010. The final demonstration, with SAMSON fully integrated into an exercise, was at the Coalition Attack Guidance Experiment (CAGE) in November 2012. SAMSON has achieved the majority of its demonstration goals despite the roadblocks it encountered. SAMSON has demonstrated: - data-centric protection of files, email, chat, web, C2 and database; - file, email and chat on an accredited, live operational environment; - certification and accreditation of SAMSON for an operational network; and - created exploitation options for capital project, exploitation is currently ongoing. SAMSON has demonstrated data-centric information protection on an existing unmodified operational network. The integration of access management technologies and protection mechanisms can lead to hosting multi-caveated information on a single network. Adopting SAMSON data-centric security results in: an improved security posture; enhanced auditing; enhanced information sharing; and minimal impact to the operator. SAMSON can collapse caveats onto an existing classified network and significantly reduce costs of the Canadian Armed Forces maintaining multiple independent Canadian Eyes Only (CEO) netwo

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SAMSON;project closeout report;data-centric;secure access management;PBAC;ABAC;SAMPOC
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-D008 — Reference Document
Date of publication
01 Mar 2016
Number of Pages
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