Security on the move:German government benefits from smartphones with encryption
Cell phones of all types are under threat from around 400 computer viruses, worms and trojans. And at the end of 2008, there were roughly 13,000 handhelds in Deutsche Bahn’s lost-and-found offices. In other words, security is a big issue with mobile devices – especially for government agencies, as they must often exchange confidential information. As a result, the German federal government is equipping around 350 organizations with the high-security SiMKo 2 smartphone.
These devices look just like smartphones, but they have been bulletproofed: all data connections are made via a virtual private network. Users can therefore safely dial into their corporate network, access emails and other information, manage their calendar and contacts, and use Office programs. Even if the device were to be lost or stolen, the data, software and the operating system are encrypted. The SiMKo 2 consequently offers end-to-end security and a high service quality, from the back-end system to the handheld. In the future, voice communications will also be encrypted.