AT&T debuts mobile encryption platform for spooks

AT&T has debuted a mobile encryption platform targeted at government agencies, law enforcement organizations, financial institutions and international businesses.

“Encrypted Mobile Voice combines KoolSpan’s TrustChip and SRA International’s One Vault Voice into the first carrier-provided, two-factor encryption [platform],” explained AT&T chief security officer Ed Amoroso.

“The TrustChip is a fully hardened, self-contained crypto engine inserted into the smartphone’s microSD slot, while One Vault Voice [offers] a feature rich application that provides an intuitive user interface.”

According to Amoroso, the “powerful” security combo allows users to easily place and receive encrypted calls by integrating with the mobile phone’s standard operation and address book. 

“This on-demand security function delivers mutual authentication and end-to-end encryption to enable a high-level security call mode.

“[It also] meets the government information classification standards for Controlled Unclassified Information, offering The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS – 140-2 validation.”

AT&T Encrypted Mobile Voice currently supports BlackBerry smartphones and Windows Phones on the carrier’s network.

However, unlike other encrypted voice systems, AT&T’s platform is not limited by legacy Circuit Switched Data coverage and can operate in over 190 countries where the carrier provides data roaming.