WWT and Privoro to provide iOS “Assured Identity” solution to DISA

The U.S. Military’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has selected World Wide Technology (WWT) and Privoro to develop an assured identity solution for iOS devices.

A mobile platform must meet the requirements of the Committee of National Security Systems smartphone ban Policy in order to deliver the assured identity needed for access to secure spaces, according to a company announcement. Risks related to camera and microphone control must be mitigated. WWT and Privoro say a prototype they are ready to immediately deliver includes mobile hardening, sensor control, and integrated device mobile management for mobile security policy enforcement mitigates those risks.

“This development prototype will demonstrate how federal government facilities, especially those in the Defense Department where national security information is shared, can allow smartphone access without fear of eavesdropping and spying from malicious actors gaining access through compromised microphones and cameras,” says Bryan Thomas, WWT senior vice president of public sector. “DISA is also taking a leading role in identifying and promoting new technologies that deliver on the strategy of a trusted assured identity. We look forward to working with our partners at Privoro to deliver this capability.”

DISA developed a prototype of a multi-biometric smartphone to capture the many traits needed to meet Assured Identity requirements earlier this year.

WWT and Privoro plan to build on the concept of assigning individual user attributes on a secure hardware platform, and address security concerns about access to sensitive information at the edge that have led to smartphones bans across the government. The SafeCase device from Pivoro fits over a user’s mobile device to provide a mobile hardware security environment on an independent system, with System on Chip (SoC) attestation and Continuous Multifactor Authentication (CMA) capabilities. It also protects against surveillance.

“SafeCase allows federal agencies the best of both worlds – a secure infrastructure and a productive work environment,” comments Mike Fong, founder and CEO of Privoro. “With built-in protections that work even if the smartphone has been compromised, SafeCase provides a trusted system upon which secure services can be added. This is an ideal capability for DISA or any government agency, and we are excited to be bringing this to market with WWT.”

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