How do you counter a modern day threat?

First, the right people need to know about it. With threats from terrorism, insurgency, rogue states and cybercrime, the nature of the threat the MOD works to counter has changed radically - and information is the key. The need for information supremacy, interoperability and collaborative working with allies has never been greater - and neither have the challenges faced by those tasked to ensure there is secure, accurate and highly efficient exchange and access of information.

Information transformation with DII.

The two staged releases of the DII programme - especially release 2 - has seen a huge increase in capability, information exploitation and interoperability for MOD personnel.

From the original expectations of the programme to deliver better access to reliable information, the Defence Information Services Team and ATLAS have responded to the rapidly increasing expectations of the MOD to use this information as the basis of improved operations capability.

So DII not only delivers the capability for users to access information simply and quickly, it also enables them to derive tangible benefit from it, increasing the speed and accuracy of real-time, mission critical information and intelligence.

Real business benefits.

Many large distributed organisations have collaborative email and collaborative working areas like SharePoint. The difference with DII is that this is now all available on a secure, internal network which does not rely on the public email systems.

Another benefit of the rollout of DII is new technological capability is delivering recurring cost and efficiency savings - and helping the MOD to generate real business benefits from its investment.

The ability to share and access information when and where it is needed.

DII has enabled the seamless exchange and access to information, collaborative working and interoperability with NATO allies - on a system designed with security from the ground up.

In the past, trying to use around 300 ageing and outdated legacy systems to exchange and access information efficiently was rather like trying to have an important conversation where half the people can’t understand what you’re saying and the other half don’t even know you’re talking.

Today, DII makes a real difference to the ability of MOD personnel to use and share information securely - from decision-makers in the UK right through to personnel on the front line.

Improving Information Management one release at a time

Over the ten years of the DII programme, capability is being rolled out in stages known as releases - allowing for a structured approach and ensuring continuity of service throughout.

Release 1 came early in the programme, and migrated users from legacy systems onto the single, unified DII platform. This release included Microsoft Office, email, internet access and shared storage.

Release 2 provides increasing levels of information management and has been divided into three sub-categories – Alamein, Blenheim and Cambrai - each delivering new capabilities.  Alamein, delivered capabilities to store and access information securely, including Enterprise Directory, Enterprise Search and Microsoft Office SharePoint Servers (MOSS), to enable collaboration and document management.

Blenheim adds the full electronic document and record management, Medium Grade Messaging, Public Key Infrastructure encryption and Smartcards which enables users to encrypt and sign their messaging and discussion forums.

Finally, Cambrai delivers capabilities for information sharing and interoperability, including secure email exchange and web browsing between the MOD and partner organisations, desktop videos and voice conferencing services, and reporting and scanning.