Secure data exchange

Secure data exchange

Secure exchange of data transmission between authorized partners

How does secure data exchange work in modern infrastructures?

Secure exchange of data sounds simple. However, exchanging data between two separate networks is still a challenge for organizations. It is crucial to provide your employees a secure and convenient way to transfer data securely. If this is not the case, they will choose alternative and sometimes insecure solutions. This puts organizations at a high risk of compromising confidential data. Learn more about why secure data exchange over the internet is a challenge and what standard security measures exist. When does it make sense to implement an additional user-friendly secure data exchange solution?

If you are dealing with highly sensitive data, then you need a solution for secure exchange of data. This includes the exchange of data in the form of sending and receiving, but also the storage and display of files themselves. R&S®Trusted Gate provides a secure and trustworthy system for exchanging documents, e-mails and accessing data via smartphones & tablets.

R&S®Trusted Gate offers flexible options for secure data exchange in any type of infrastructure

  • Simple and secure exchange of data via synchronized folders and project rooms
  • Secure read-only access to documents on potentially insecure mobile devices
  • Data diode and data-lock functionality
  • Secure email attachments to protect against data loss

R&S®Trusted Gate: How to ensure secure data exchange in the digital age

Data is the most valuable asset of any organization and is usually protected by sophisticated perimeter security. In the global digital world, however, data must be able to be exchanged between partners in different physical locations.You need innovative solutions to guarantee secure data exchange.

R&S®Trusted Gate - Secure Data Exchange

This solution provides a secure exchange of sensitive data between two authorized partners. Data is automatically encrypted and securely synchronized between the internal network and any shares in the cloud or external networks. You can define deployment, encryption and authentication without relying on a third-party service provider. No confidential data will be exposed to a cloud storage provider or sharing service.

R&S®Trusted Gate - Mobile Access

This solution enables secure access to confidential data and securedata transmissionanywhere. Simple and fast deployment enables secure read access on any mobile device without the need for additional client software. Mobile Access is a unique and lean? alternative to container security solutions on cell phones. Once you have securely accessed confidential data, there is no forensic evidence of its existence on the mobile device.

R&S®Trusted Gate - Mail Control

This secure data exchange solution secures email attachments directly into Microsoft® Outlook. The attachments are extracted from the emails and replaced with links. The original files are encrypted and fragmented and stored in a multi-tier storage system on site or in different clouds. Only authorized recipients can access the attachments by clicking on the link.

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Why is secure data exchange over the internet a challenge?

In the development of the internet , security was a secondary issue. The insecure internet protocol HTTP from 1991 was only replaced by the secure HTTPS in 1999.

"A typical sentence in the Internet standards (RFCs = Request for Commands) was then: "Security issues are not discussed in this memo."
RFC 1718 - 1994

Today, this fact still leads to the fact that people are chasing after the topic of security and ultimately secure data exchange. Why? Here are 3 reasons:

  • The internet is a network of independent computer networks, there is no central Internet authority that can control the entire Internet.
  • The internet is not a private network like LANs or WANs. During the transmission of data many foreign networks are passed.
  • The transport routes are theoretically accessible to everyone. A secure exchange of data is always a risk despite all existing standard security mechanisms.

One problem with the internet is that the protocols are not based on reliable authentication and authorization. In the case of secure data transmission, the question of authorization is fundamentally missing: Who accesses which data? This circumstance favors spoofing or man-in-middle attacks. With the latter attack, an attacker can also access encrypted connections. For example, if the attacker has already gained access to a lower protocol level using a DNS man-in-the-middle attack. In this case, the victim calls up the perpetrator's server when entering a domain such as The victim then communicates with the perpetrator in a supposedly encrypted form and not with PayPal.

Secure data transmission via SSL/TLS

Encryption and its underlying cryptographic procedures have brought about a crucial advantage in secure data exchange on the internet.

The protection of confidentiality (only authorized persons have access to data) and other security objectives are ensured by encryption. TLS encrypts the communication between client and web server

But of course there are always attacks on TLS. Here, you can read more about SSL/TSL and attacks on TLS and why you do not need to worry when applying R&S®Trusted Gate.

Highly sensitive data = higher demands on secure data exchange

Do you work with highly sensitive data, e. g. from military organizations and national authorities, the public sector, healthcare or pharmaceutical or biotech company with a focus on research and development? You need extra security when it comes to secure data exchange, because you don't want to rely solely on third-party providers and their security mechanisms. You want to keep control over your data.

When exchanging and storing files and information, you rely on maximum security. That is what you need:

  • You need a solution that allows globally oriented teams to work together on sensitive projects.
  • This solution must be compatible with all common file sharing and cloud solutions (e.g. Magenta Cloud,, Google Drive) and file formats.
  • Administrators must be able to flexibly configure access rights for users and groups.
  • You also want to enable secure data exchange into different security zones. The solution is R&S®TrustedGate

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What is secure data exchange?

Secure data transmission is an essential security element of the internet. Before HTTPS existed, all data packets were transmitted from client to server without encryption. Accordingly, it was always possible to intercept data packets. The data was available to hackers unencrypted. HTTPS has been around since 1999. Data is encrypted via SSL/TLS. However, there are always possibilities to attack the encryption. Therefore it is recommended to use other security solutions. These include R&S®TrustedGate - Secure Exchange.

What is the most secure way to store data?

It is best to rely on data-centric security. This is a new approach to security that gives you back control over your data. Data-centric security consists of a combination of identity and access management, virtualization, encryption and file fragmentation. The cloud contains a virtualized version of the original document. This file itself has no content, but only contains meta-information such as the creation date. The original document, on the other hand, is encrypted and fragmented and stored on different, freely selectable storage systems. This means that the original document can never be completely intercepted. It is only stored in the form of fragments - thus useless for hackers. Data is therefore unreadable. With a data-centric solution such as R&S®TrustedGate - Secure Exchange, you can use public clouds securely and get secure data exchange in return.

Which mechanisms are used to share data securely?

On the one hand there is SSL/TSL. TSL stands for Transport Layer Security and replaced SSL as a secure connection protocol within the TCP/IP protocol stacking in 1999. As a certain technology of secure communication, VPN also plays an important role. With a Virtual Private Network, an open network like the internet becomes a private network. However, this technology can also be attacked. Therefore, in addition to secure data transmission using appropriate technology, data-centric security, e.g . with R&S®TrustedGate - Secure Exchange, is crucial .When it comes to IT security and secure data exchange, you should always think in terms of several security levels and not just rely on one solution.

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