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Hanna Karlström

Welcome Hanna Karlström

Welcome Hanna Karlström

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

We welcome Hanna Karlström to link22 as the new Chief Security Officer & Development Manager!

Hanna most recently comes from management positions within NFC/The Swedish Police Authority and the Swedish Security Service and has previously worked with R&D within Ericsson for many years.

Why did you choose link22?

For me, it is important to contribute to a safer Sweden. link22, a company at the absolute forefront of cybersecurity, feels just right. Security issues, business development and taking on challenges with competent and committed colleagues are close to my heart. We're a team at link22.

In my spare time, in addition to family, SUP canoeing, road cycling/spinning and hiking apply.

We are very happy to have you on board Hanna!

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New Release Data Diode Proxy 3.5

New Release - Data Diode Proxy 3.5

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link22 launches a new version of  Data Diode Proxy 3.5 where we continue to be at the forefront of IT-security and reliable data transfer.

The new version gives even better control over the data flow. Based on our customers needs and the possibilities of technology, our developers have made the product smarter and more powerful for a more secure flow.

Now the flow is more resistant towards operational disruptions or interruptions that contribute to your business becoming less vulnerable.

Major new functions:

  • Existing flow is monitored via " Single point of failure protection" to scan detect any interruptions.
  • Redundancy via failovers, troubleshooting function to maintain a seamless operating flow. 

Read more about Data Diode Proxy  here.

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link22 earned quality certification ISO 9001:2015 by Swedac Ackreditering.

LINK22 EARNED QUALITY CERTIFICATION ISO 9001:2015 BY SWEDAC ACKREDITERING

Quality is of essence within cybersecurity. This may sound obvious but it is not always intuitive until you compare quality with quantity and the nature of the relationship between defence and offence.

The attacker can try over and over again until breach is reached. This implies that quantity (trying many times with different strategies) is a useful strategy. The opposite is true for the defender. Every attack needs to be warded off successfully. The standard of the defence must exceed the standard of every attack. Something very alike the definition of quality. Any weak spot in the defence will eventually be exposed if the attacker just tries enough variations of attacks.

Society is being more digitized, the number of data streams increases and the sum value of all things digital has never been this large. The incentives for cybercrime heighten fast and the attacks are getting increasingly sophisticated. High quality and continuous improvement is therefore crucial for success within cybersecurity.

Link22 once again received a quality certificate of ISO 9001:2015 accreditation from Swedac Ackreditering.

About ISO 9001:2015 from iso.org:

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization:
a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
All the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organization, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.on, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides.

We find third party verification very useful within security. Under our product area cross domain solutions we offer the product Countersign. The product lets an organisation condition file transport based on third party signatures. This aligns with our own way of verifying our quality by third party verification, this time manifesting as ISO 9001:2015.

Read more about countersign here

Book a demo of our products here

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eSam - Digital samarbetsplattform för offentlig sektor

Swedish government prove to be adaptable and aware around digitalization and cybersecurity

Swedish government prove to be adaptable and aware around digitalization and cybersecurity

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

Swedish authorities are in a very complex situation regarding digital work, digital collaboration and cyber security. They operate in the thin threshold between; laws that protect the privacy of citizens, laws that protect the security of the kingdom, and a system that allows employees to work efficiently. The same threshold is the starting point for our product Outpost Collaboration.

We are a well-established supplier of IT security solutions for Swedish authorities, especially those under the security protection regulation. We have learned that a well-functioning solution must balance requirements for, among other things, functionality, usability, IT security and compliance with regulations in order to be used efficiently and effectively in the agency's daily operations. An essential part of this is choosing proven components with a good reputation.

When the pandemic hit, the threshold for the authorities shrunk and became even smaller as the requirement for remote work appeared overnight. Authorities then showed good digital adaptability and started using the tools that were available, including Skype/Teams.

Cyber security is not a destination, to keep up you need to constantly evaluate yourself and your own solutions. Swedish authorities are setting a very good example. At the same time that Skype was implemented to meet the changed situation that the pandemic meant, they chose to critically review the software.

The report: "Digital collaboration platform for the public sector" from eSam in November 2021, states:

 

"During the spring of 2021, the Swedish Tax Agency and the Kronofogdemyndigheten (Kronofogden) jointly investigated the conditions for replacing the software Skype for Business (hereafter Skype) with the cloud service Teams as the main video and collaboration platform.1 The investigation was carried out due to the announcement that support and maintenance for Skype would end within about five years and a judgment from the European Court of Justice in which the court, in simplified terms, judged that the design of the American intelligence and surveillance programs did not meet the EU's requirements for how personal data may be handled. The court also ruled that personal data could not be transferred to the United States unless it could be ensured that the personal data transferred there was not accessible to the US authorities.”

 

The report concluded that Skype/Teams is not a solution for the future. Another section in the same report states:

"In their investigation, the Swedish Tax Agency and the Norwegian Kronofogden were able to determine that the use of Teams as the main video and collaboration platform would be incompatible with the rules that apply to the authorities' operations. The main justification was that if Teams were to be used in the same way that Skype is used today, it would expose large amounts of information to Microsoft in a way that was not compatible with data protection and privacy regulations. The Swedish Tax Agency and Kronofogden also considered risks of lock-in effects, costs, continuity, suitability and continuous changes to the solution3 in their report. Several other authorities, i.a. Arbetsförmedlingen, Försäkringskassan and Trafikverket later joined the Tax Agency and Kronofogden's assessment."

Authorities worked together to investigate the matter both more closely and more broadly in a comprehensive report. They concluded that solutions that have historically been used no longer meet the requirements. The outside world changes and authorities change with it, so must the IT systems that the authorities use to ensure the integrity of citizens and the security of the kingdom.

Our opinion is that the Swedish public sector is awake both from a general IT-perspective and from a specific Cyber security perspective.

In the report Cybersecurity in Sweden – Threats, methods, shortcomings and dependencies, published in 2020 by the Swedish Armed Forces Radio Institute, the Armed Forces, the Swedish Agency for Community Protection and Preparedness, the Swedish Police Agency and the Security Police, states, among other things, the following:

 

"Outsourcing of IT infrastructure also means that there is a dependency on the service provider. When IT services are outsourced, it is often done to global service providers, which means that the dependency that arises is international. This is sometimes expressed as a risk of loss of digital sovereignty, a concept used in the EU context and means that a state loses parts of its control over its independence, autonomy and freedom of action in the digital area.”

We agree, for every authority that places its digital environment in the hands of a supplier from another legal domicile, the nation in question decreases her digital sovereignty.

Sweden is one of the world's most connected countries and we have such good conditions for data storage that international giants locate their data centers in Sweden. We consider the conditions for being a digital sovereignty to be very good. We interpret it as eSam making the same assessment when we read the appendix to the report: "Digital collaboration platform for the public sector". There, solutions with functionality for, among other things, are investigated:

  • Video conference
  • Document storage
  • Fixed chat rooms
  • Kanban (virtual board for visualizing work tasks, among other things)
  • White board

In addition to functionality, it was also important that:

  • Data storage can take place in a way that meets the authority's requirements
  • Authorities do not get locked into a system
  • There are good collaboration opportunities with authorities and third parties that use other systems

We are pleased to note that the investigation highlights Nextcloud as one of two candidates that best meets the requirements for an overall solution. We make the same assessment and have therefore chosen to integrate Nextcloud into our collaboration platform Outpost Collaboration.

We strongly believe in a society where authorities and private companies work together for citizens' integrity and society's safety. We think it is smart not to put all your eggs in one basket, to use systems that can be combined with other systems. We believe that it is wise to keep citizens' data at home and we believe that if there is any country that can do it, it is Sweden.

Want to see how we take this challenge on? Book a demo here.

Related Products: Outpost Collaboration

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Daniel Lester

Welcome Daniel Lester!

Welcome Daniel Lester!

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

We are proud to announce our latest colleague Daniel Lester, a marketer deeply interested in cybersecurity.

He entered link22 with a major in marketing and experience from the 3D visualization industry and Cybersecurity within Australian Federal Police. Experience from different industries and different countries means new viewpoints regarding functionality, regulations and selling points. This is very useful for link22 and as always we hope that link22 learns as much from Daniel as Daniel learns from link22.

Why did you choose link22?

I thoroughly enjoy working within the cybersecurity industry. I find it to be both challenging and rewarding. Challenging in the sense things are always changing and you need to keep up to date. Rewarding in there is no better than feeling than knowing you are helping to protect society. I was also drawn to Link22 due to its high-quality products and strong growth in recent times. 

I want to deepen my knowledge within the cybersecurity field.

What are your thoughts on cybersecurity and the future?

I think cybersecurity is a vital concern for a functioning society. Having previously worked with the Australian Federal Police, I have seen the risks that face our society and witnessed firsthand the consequences of neglecting cybersecurity. I hope I can help our customers never see those consequences. 


We are very excited about having Daniel onboard!

 

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Fredrik Adolfsson

Welcome Fredrik Adolfsson

Welcome Fredrik Adolfsson!

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

It is with joy we announce that Fredrik is officially a part of the link22 team, an avid programer, eager to master* the field of cybersecurity.

Fredrik is a 23 year old with a bachelor's degree in programming. He has been working successfully with link22 as a consultant for the last year and both parties are now ready to take it to the next level.

We talked to Fredrik about his relationship to cybersecurity as a whole, and link22 as a company.

“I looked for a place where I can adopt responsibility and evolve myself as a software developer. I am also intrigued by working with the link22 products and customers.”

“I was a novice around cybersecurity when I started here, working alongside the experienced people here really is a pleasure. Now I am creating products that makes it easier to succeed harder to fail.”

Fredrik is hungry for knowledge, he expressed his urge to learn more about cybersecurity. His interest ranges all the way from articulated needs to delivered products. All in line with the every knowledge hungry company link22. On the subject of cybersecurity he believes the interest and need will increase over the foreseeable future, both from government, private companies and individuals.

We are very happy to strengthen the team with another knowledge hungry and ambitious individual

*it can never be mastered but the ambition too is nonetheless necessary

 

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link22 årets gasellföretag

link22 awarded for growth and stability

Awarded "DI-Gasell" for growth and stability

Stability and reliability is a must.

Companies and governments need cybersecurity partners for life, there is no use in partnering up with companies that are risking going out of business. It is therefore important for us to show our customers that we are a stable company, that we are here to stay.

link22 årets gasellföretag

We are on a mission to provide the world with cybersecurity without compromise. A good day is a day when all our clients experienced uninterrupted productivity despite serious cyber threats. Another measurement of success is ofcourse business. Our reputation among cybersecurity experts seems to bear fruit as more and more customers come in due to word of mouth. This has resulted in a sound, stable and fast growth. For this we got awarded “DI-gasell” by the renowned Swedish news paper Dagens Industri. To be awarded, the following criteria had to be met:

  • A net turnover that exceeds SEK 10 million
  • At least ten employees
  • At least doubled turnover, if one compares the first and most recent financial year in the four-year survey period.
  • Increased yearly turnover for the past three years.
  • A positive overall operating profit for the last four financial years.
  • Essentially grown organically, not through acquisitions or mergers.
  • Healthy finances.
DI Gasell 2021

Organic growth is important to us because it tells us that we are creating something that the market wants to pay for. We see this award as another confirmation that we are adding real value to the world.

Only 1% of Swedish companies get this award so it is also an indicator that we are doing well compared to the general competition.We are growing fast, organically and have healthy finances. We are independent and have been around for fifteen years. Evidently we are financially and functionally reliable over time in an environment that constantly changes. These are all important factors when choosing a cybersecurity partner. We are happy to be your reliable partner for life.

If you are interested in learning more about cybersecurity and our products, please book a demo

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Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

Welcome Henrik Nilsson!

It is with joy that we announce that Henrik is our new colleague and software developer!

28-year old Henrik is a newly graduated civil engineer in media technology and he looks forward to the challenge in his new position.

- It seems to be a nice workplace with good coworkers. With my energy and curiosity I hope to make a significant contribution for link22, says Henrik.

In his spare time he likes to play guitar and work out at the gym.

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Magnus Johansson

Welcome Magnus Johansson!

Welcome Magnus Johansson!

Magnus Johansson

We are happy to welcome Magnus as our new business area manager for secure access. His portfolio contains manager posts at Ericsson, Saab, Toyota and Veoneer.

- With a background in big companys I am excited to work in a smaller and more familiar company as link22. I am excited to be a part of link22’s journey. There is a greater awareness for cyber security in the society. It is an important mission to strengthen the security of the nation, says Magnus.

He lives with wife and three teenage children in Vikingstad. Sports of various kinds occupies a large part of Magnus free time. Both to stay active for his own cause but also as a football coach for Linköpings FC’s youth academy.

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