A few days ago, a provider of secure end-to-end wireless transaction and information solutions, Apriva, announced that in order to enhance its Multi Carrier Entry Point (MCEP) Gateway, its Apriva ISS division has been awarded a contract modification by the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
To commercially available smartphones, this gateway enhancement will enable the Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver classified voice and data communications. For wireless devices in the DoD’s Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Mobility Gateway initiative, the upgraded gateways are part of the DoD’s mobility gateway plan and will take on a central role in providing worldwide secure communications.
“We are extremely excited and proud to be part of the solution that provides the DoD with the capability of having secure voice and data communications on commercially available devices” said Chris Spinella, chief executive officer at Apriva.
He added that the government’s need for secure communications has never been greater since expensive government-purpose-built communication devices are becoming a thing of the past. Therefore, for serving the budgetary and operational needs of the government, as a viable, cost-effective solution, they clearly support the concept of combining commercial technology with strong security.
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DISA, a combat support agency, provides, operates and assures joint command and control, information sharing capabilities and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support of joint war fighters, national-level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations.
For Mobility Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC), DISA has adopted the National Security Agency’s (NSA) initiative in order to foster cost savings and faster deployment of commercial technology for voice communications.
To enable a secure voice solution that can keep up with technology and still be affordable, coupled with best-of-breed encryption and mobile security software, this program focuses on using commercial off-the-shelf technology, such as Android devices.