About Sectra Communications
Experts in secure communication
Quality policy and security certification
All Sectra products and systems are designed according to the standard Common Criteria for IT. Our solutions stack up to the most stringent security requirements. Documentation and evaluation helps trace security threats, security mechanisms and security functions down to the implementation details.
Four security levels – Top Secret, Secret, Confidential and Restricted – define the handling of sensitive information and any potential damage that might occur should an unauthorized party gain access. Sectra solutions are approved at security levels and trusted by government authorities, defence departments and other critical functions of society in 17 European countries in the EU, as well as NATO.
Close cooperation with our customers has resulted in the development of a sturdy line of niche products and services to meet and exceed customer expectations. We continuously strive to improve customer satisfaction according to our quality policy.
Sectra’s business management system conforms to the Quality Management System Standard SS-EN ISO 9001:2000 and TickIT. Certification is valid for “Sales, development, production, delivery and service of hardware and software products for secure communication systems”.
Sectra's history dates back to 1978, when a group of researchers at the Linköping Institute of Technology were assigned the task of creating a security solution for banks. Professor Ingemar Ingemarsson started Sectra (SECure TRAnsmission) together with his three doctoral students, Viiveke Fåk, Rolf Blom and Robert Forchheimer, to take on the assignment.
Consulting work to product development
A few years later Jan-Olof Brüer earned his doctorate in information theory, with Professor Ingemarsson as his advisor. Dr. Brüer was recruited to Sectra and subsequently proposed new ideas about how to transform Sectra into a “proper” company. “The founders had a good laugh at what we then saw as his dreams. But now I see that those visions have been exceeded,” says Professor Ingemarsson.
Dr. Brüer was hired as Sectra's President. The company changed its emphasis under his leadership, making the transition to selling products and system solutions in the areas of data security, digital radio and image coding. This new strategic orientation marked the beginning of Sectra's expansion phase.
After spending its initial years working for bank customers, in the 1980s the company began focusing on the customers that have the most stringent requirements of all in terms of security.“We succeeded in landing a defense order for a new crypto chip as early as 1987. That turned out to be the start of our focus on security products for defense and government agency customers,” says Sectra's former President and CEO Jan-Olof Brüer.
Sectra has been the market leader in encryption equipment for the Swedish Defense since the mid-1990s, and today the company's products are used by civil authorities and defence forces in several European countries.