Sunday, April 29, 2012

Verizon to Market FIPS-140-2 Encrypted Mobile Voice Services to U.S. Government

Verizon will begin selling secure mobile voice services to the U.S. government using technology from Cellcrypt, a provider of government-grade encrypted voice-calling software. The two companies will jointly market Cellcrypt's mobile voice-encryption solution to military, intelligence and civilian agencies.

Cellcrypt helps address the potential risks of interception of sensitive voice communications. The technology is
currently undergoing trial testing with several government agencies. The yet-to-be named co-branded service will be available for sale this fall. When launched, the Verizon-Cellcrypt service will be supported on smartphones and tablets running on the widely used Android, BlackBerry and iOS mobile operating systems. The downloadable software application, which supports federal information processing standard 140-2, will work across cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite networks, including Verizon's wireless networks.

"The threats posed by cyberattacks are real and increasingly focused on U.S. national security interests," said Janet Schijns, vice president of vertical solutions, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "By leveraging our combined strengths, Verizon and Cellcrypt will provide government agencies with an easy-to-deploy and interoperable mobile voice-encryption solution designed to maintain the security and integrity of sensitive communications."

FIPS 140-2, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a U.S. government computer-security standard used to accredit cryptographic hardware and software.

  • Cellcrypt leverages Encrypted Mobile Content Protocol (EMCP), an Internet Protocol (IP) based technology that optimizes delivery of encrypted data between mobile devices over wireless networks.