In Heightened State, Gov’t Gets Mobile Communication Encryption

Contributor: IQPC Editorial Team
Posted: 07/25/2017
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The government enterprise has encountered an unheralded time in history where every form of communication is at risk of being hacked or intercepted. In order to protect that information, bulletproof solutions are now a necessity.

Government has long been known as a laggard in IT, and with the forward movement of mobility in the enterprise, seems to fall farther behind. With that comes a “late to the party” mentality forcing agencies to play catch up and remain susceptible to threats rather than lead the way, specifically when it comes to mobile security.

There’s now a move by vendors to focus largely on securing government mobility. Such is the case with Cog Systems and Silent Circle, who announced this week a joint venture to “provide in-depth defense through combined encryption technology on D4 Security architecture for mobile to protect voice and video call data on cellular and Wi-Fi networks from interception and eavesdropping.”

Pinning down an exact damage total wrought by cyber crime is a moving target, but some forecasts say as much as $6 trillion in damages to the enterprise could be expected by 2021. These new “hardened” mobile solutions for governments will help develop standard SDKs for specific categories of connected devices.

The security software, as of now, however, is only available on the HTC smartphone device. D4 essentially encrypts any video or voice communication so it remains private, and helps to transfer files securely.

Earlier this year, DMI and NEC Corporation of America joined to utilize the latter’s biometric and advanced recognition technology. Those offerings are aimed to address public safety, national security, and federal civilian technology priorities within the U.S. government.

“Government agencies are focused more than ever on public safety and protecting U.S. assets,” said Jay Sunny Bajaj, DMI founder and CEO. “In today’s connected world, technology serves as a first line of defense to keep out malicious actions by identifying and mitigating suspicious individuals and activity before they become a threat.”

Under the Trump administration, initiatives to bolster IT infrastructure while cutting spending have become a priority after the first-ever American Technology Council summit in June. The meeting included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satyella Nadella, and Apple CEO Tim Cook among many other leading innovators.

“Our goal is to lead sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens, stronger protection from cyber attacks,” President Trump said at the event. “That’s a big problem, there’s no question about it. We’re going to be working on it and we’re going to solve the problem – and up to a trillion dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next 10 years.”

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Contributor: IQPC Editorial Team