The Rise and Fall of Email

There is a festering efficiency problem in software technology. The preferred methods for building network applications are wrong and they produce expensive, unreliable systems with no real security. Industry refuses to correct the problems because inefficiency is highly profitable. First encountered in email standardization, this is the story of my fight against the industry to set email free. More

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About David Edgar

David has 34 years of experience in the Computer IT community. He graduated from University of Maryland - University College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 1986. David started his computer career in 1982, at the age of 19, managing a microcomputer at Metropolitan Parts, the largest automotive parts wholesaler in the DC Metropolitan Area. David started his career in government contracting in 1986 by writing both the Operations and User manuals for the United States Information Agency IBM datacenter. He then coauthored the first GSA course in Computer Security in 1988.

David started as a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) system support programmer at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in 1987. He built the first DEC program that monitored the operating system for resource usage and inactive processes. David built the first automated translation of Navy Accounting Data (STARS) between NAVSEA’s IBM datacenter and the DEC datacenter. David helped design and develop the first X.500 Directory Server with Soft-Switch for the Navy.

In 1989, David designed and constructed his first commercial email gateway MBLink, providing a bridge between DEC-based email systems and cc:Mail. The key differentiator was that MBLink was the first gateway that did not require address registration. It algorithmically converted email addresses and would change the future of email integration. Electronic mail bridges originally took two to eighteen months to configure, were difficult to manage, and were only enabled for a limited number of users. With MBLink, the system was installed and fully operational in 15 minutes, managed itself automatically, and enabled unlimited users. David designed and/or built the first email gateways for 3COM, Microsoft Mail, Lotus Notes, Novell’s Global MHS, and SMTP. During this period, MBLink was the primary email bridge used at the White House from 1992 thru 2000.

In 1999, David was the founder of Altarus Corporation. The company was focused on the development of a secure system for moving application transactions in real-time across wireless networks. David invented an advanced network, data processing architecture and received US Patent 6,912,522 – “System, method and computer program product for optimization and acceleration of data transport and processing”. Altarus became the principle wireless consultant for Hewlett Packard and was a Symbol Technologies Platinum Partner. Worked with NIST to receive the first FIPS 140-1 certified mobile platform (Certificate 255). Designed and developed the first fully integrated mobile biometrics security authentication system engineered to perform perimeter security using fingerprints. This security product was runner up in the Best New Technology award at FOSE 2002.

David was the Principal Investigator for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego (“SSC Pacific”) called “Hastily Formed Secure Data Networks”. The purpose of the CRADA was to investigate methods and processes that could be used to quickly assemble a secure data network during an emergency event. David was also the Principal Investigator for a follow-up CRADA with SSC Pacific called “Low Bandwidth Wireless Network” (LBWN). The purpose of the second CRADA was to research the use of various network protocols and determine their overall effects on network performance, their general compatibility with Command & Control (“C2”) data, and their practical usability in low-bandwidth wireless environments.

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