Smartphone encryption app helps sensitive information get more secure: Interview with Ian Meakin, VP of Marketing at Cellcrypt, Inc.
Increased smartphone use in military- and government-related situations eventuated the obvious question, "How secure is that?" Well, Ian Meakin of Cellcrypt has the answer for secure voice and Blackberry text, but is it enough for classified information?
Off-the-shelf iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, or Android-based smartphones are simply everywhere and used by most everyone these days. And off-the-shelf smartphones are undoubtedly used by military officials, foreign dignitaries, and federal agents (or their staff members) hustling to schedule meetings. In the process, they reveal “sensitive but unclassified information” in the clear, including where and when to meet, with whom they will meet, travel plans, and more. Though this information seems rather mundane, if it is intercepted by hackers, it can present a high risk to national or personal security. But CellCrypt, Inc. says they’ve developed a remedy: their secure voice calling app for smartphones (including secure text for Blackberry), used by the military and utilizing NSA Suite B and FIPS 140-2 crypto to secure sensitive but unclassified information. In the following interview, Managing Editor Sharon Hess got a behind-the-scenes look at how the application works technically, and found out whether it can protect the next level up: classified information. Edited excerpts follow.
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