Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) launches an innovative security offering for users of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution that meets the highest requirements in IT security.
G&D's Mobile Security Card integrates with BlackBerry Device Software 5.0, which is planned for launch later this year, and provides customers with an independent cryptographic module that authenticates users and also encrypts information sent to and from a BlackBerry smartphone. The solution greatly increases security in everyday business life, and will be showcased for the first time at Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2009.
"Security in mobile devices is an increasingly important topic in the field of mobile communication. By developing a solution for the BlackBerry® platform, we are able to meet all the security requirements of our business customers on all levels thanks to additional encoding," explains Dr. Kai Grassie, head of the New Business division at G&D.
Scott Totzke, Vice President of the BlackBerry® Security Group at Research In Motion (RIM) added: "The BlackBerry® solution is renowned for its robust and accredited security architecture. Working in conjunction with the secure BlackBerry® platform, the G&D Mobile Security Card offers increased flexibility and control to organizations that want to implement their own encryption standards for wireless communications."
The BlackBerry® Enterprise Solution gives mobile users secure access to their e-mail, calendar, address book, tasks and notes as well as enterprise instant messaging, web-based applications and services (intranet) and other corporate applications, making work processes much more efficient.
For authorities and companies with special security requirements, G&D has extended its existing range of services to include a new solution which can be flexibly integrated in any organization's IT procedures and is very easy to operate. It provides additional encryption for mobile e-mail - along the entire transmission route between senders and receivers.
Users simply have to insert the G&D Mobile Security Card into the microSDTM card slot of their BlackBerry® smartphone. In addition to providing usable data memory of at least 1 GB, the Mobile Security Card also contains an efficient smart card chip as an alternative to external smart cards.
The Mobile Security Card can act as an independent cryptographic module and takes over the function of user authentication and all encryption and signature operations. Users authenticate themselves to the Mobile Security Card by means of a two-factor process and, if successful, are then granted access to their BlackBerry® smartphone. This prevents any fraudulent use of the system by unauthorized parties. The card can also be integrated into the customer's mail server environment to provide user-friendly encryption and signature services for e-mail traffic. The data stored on a BlackBerry® smartphone's in-built memory can also be encrypted with the help of G&D's Mobile Security Card.
Independent Software Vendors can also use the Mobile Security Card and flexibly develop their own security solutions. G&D integrated its Mobile Security Card into the BlackBerry® Device Software v5.0 to work in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0. The solution will provide great added value for professional corporate use in the future, combining a high level of security with outstanding user friendliness.
The new security solution is suitable for use in all leading messaging systems including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise. It can act as a high-security platform for numerous mobile applications - for instance, the mobile use of ERP/CRM or online banking systems, which are particularly security-sensitive.
The solution will be sold by system integrators, value-added reseller and distributors.