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August 09, 2013

Cellcrypt Mobile Moves to Evaluation Phase, Looks to Secure Consumer Devices

Cellcrypt announced its Cellcrypt Mobile for Secret product is in evaluation with the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Common Criteria Testing Laboratory, making the company the first, and currently only, solution being evaluated by the NAIP Mobility Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) protection profile.

It's a necessary step to provide secure communications, as Circuit Switched Data (CSD) networks are slowly being dropped by network operators worldwide. That development, according to Cellcrypt, will necessitate a solution to replace the thousands of custom-made mobile devices currently in the field.

"The clock is ticking for CSD-based solutions, and Federal Defense and Civilian Agencies need to deploy alternatives. With successful completion of the NIAP evaluation, Cellcrypt will be an accredited answer to that need," David Rivington, CEO of Cellcrypt, said in a prepared statement.

Those devices, Cellcrypt posits, will be commercial-grade smartphones built for mass-market consumers.

Part of Cellcrypt's solutions could be the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies. If true, and widely used, it could provide a novel take on the two-step verification security tactic. Two-step verification requires a user to posses both knowledge, like a username and password, and something they have, like a cell phone or NFC-capable device, in order to gain access to a device or service.

Cellcrypt's product is designed to work on U.S. Secret and Top Secret classification levels. That being the case, any product transmitting classified documents must be tested by the NIAP before hitting the field. The NIAP is backed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.

Two-step verification has taken off since Google introduced the security feature to the mass market in 2011. Since then, Twitter, Microsoft, Evernote and a variety of consumer products have offered their own two-step solutions.

But Cellcrypt's software solution goes beyond two-step verification, allowing agencies to rapidly deploy, and manage, devices with any popular Mobile Device Management system. Useful for agencies and private companies handling sensitive information.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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