AT&T announces a new call encryption service for BlackBerrys and Windows phones.
AT&T has launched a two-factor encryption service for callers.
According to AT&T, the service is targeted at government agencies, law
enforcement, financial institutions and international business. Known as
AT&T Encrypted Mobile Voice, the service combines KoolSpan's TrustChip and SRA
International's One Vault Voice and supports BlackBerry and Windows phones on
the AT&T wireless network.
Citing the growth of mobile devices in the enterprise, AT&T Chief
Security Officer Ed Amoroso said security
strategies need to keep pace
"With the adoption of smartphone use in government and businesses, it's
clear that the security ecosystem requires an approach that incorporates both
wired and wireless," he said in a statement.
According to AT&T, the KoolSpan technology is a self-contained crypto
engine inserted into the smartphone's microSD slot that enables encrypted
calling interoperability with a defined group of other AT&T TrustGroup
users and can be managed over the air. SRA's
One Vault Voice integrates the security features of TrustChip "with a
feature rich application that provides an intuitive user interface,"
AT&T said, allowing users to place and receive encrypted calls by
integrating with mobile phone's address book.
"We're continuously working to stay ahead of evolving technologies and
threats, and have a specialized team within AT&T Labs that is dedicated to
investigating security challenges in the wireless space. AT&T Encrypted
Mobile Voice is the product of such innovation."
AT&T Encrypted Mobile Voice can operate in the more than 190 countries
globally where AT&T provides data roaming.