TECH BRIEF

Sectéra smart phone gets NSA certification

The National Security Agency has certified the Sectéra Edge smart phone Release 2.0 as compliant with the Secure Communication Interoperability Protocol (SCIP). The smart phone has also achieved compliance with the High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor Interoperability Specification (HAIPE IS) for secure interoperability with in-line encryption devices that secure information on the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), said representatives of General Dynamics C4 Systems, developers of the Sectéra product line.

Much like a commercial personal digital assistant, the Sectéra can synchronize with a user’s PC such functions as calendar, address book and calculator, the company said. The Sectéra runs on the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) commercial cellular networks, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

This 2.0 release is approved to work with existing Sectéra Edge devices, General Dynamics said. It improves the overall performance of the Sectéra Edge by adding additional functionality, including:

  • HAIPE pre-placed key and multicast capability for networked, tactical communications.
  • Operation as a wireless secure modem to move information between two computers.
  • Mode-switching from secure voice to data; data to voice or between security levels without reinitiating the call.
  • Full-feature Internet browsing, including Internet Explorer Version 6.
  • IPv6 compliance.

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