Silent Circle offers enterprise customers Android for Work-ready Blackphone

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Adds 8 Carriers To Its Android For Work Partner Ecosystem.

As more employees conduct business and personal activities on the same smartphone or tablet, companies are scrambling to figure out how to secure their data. GENEVA, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Silent Circle today announced that its next generation Blackphone 2, the company’s privacy-first smartphone, will be its inaugural product in Google’s Android for Work program. It gives IT the ability to manage work apps, which are siloed from the rest of the phone, and employees can still put their own private data on the device, which in turn is shielded from IT. Silent Circle’s Blackphone, which encrypts calls, texts and data, is part of a wave of privacy tools that emerged in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US government’s pervasive intelligence gathering. Google points to Samsung devices like the Galaxy S6 as some of the most secure hardware out there, and it’s also highlighting the Blackphone as a good option for those who prioritize privacy above all else.

It also comes with corporate features for managing employee access to company information as well as Google productivity apps including Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. About Silent Circle Silent Circle is a leader in enterprise privacy, delivered through a revolutionary mobile ecosystem of devices, software and services, starting with ZRTP to build a fundamentally different mobile architecture. It’s a significant step forward in Silent Circle’s development which enables us to deliver privacy and security to a broader enterprise customer base, while meeting their need for the wide-ranging apps and services provided by Google.” Google says more than 10,000 businesses, including the World Bank, U.S. For Google, the partnership is an opportunity to address security concerns that have hampered adoption of its Android mobile operating software in the workplace.

Now led by Bill Conner, the former Entrust President and CEO and Nortel President, Silent Circle was co-founded by Mike Janke, former Navy SEAL and security expert; Phil Zimmermann, co-founder of PGP, developer of the ZRTP protocol and 2015 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame; and Jon Callas, creator of Apple’s whole disk encryption software and Co-founder of PGP Corporation. Corporate information technology managers often view Android devices, which come from a variety of companies, as less secure than devices that are controlled by a single manufacturer such as iPhones or Blackberries, said Tyler Shields, an analyst with the market research firm Forrester.

But there can be little doubt that this service solves a real problem for many enterprises, especially if they want to allow their employees to use their own devices. Nonetheless, an association with Google may not be the right type of exposure for a company that prides itself on having zero visibility into its customers’ data. “We debated this quite long and heavily inside the company before we decided to go down with this,” said Dan Ford, Silent Circle’s chief security officer, in an interview.

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