The U.S. defense and security communities demand trusted access to data to accomplish their missions. Despite the continuous innovation in commercial mobile technology, current devices are not designed from inception with the security and flexibility needed to match their evolving mission and enterprise environment. Boeing Black is one possible solution.
When one thinks of Boeing’s core business, smartphone manufacturing doesn’t typically come to mind. Planes, flight systems & all manner of weapons… sure, but not phones, mobile or otherwise.
According to Boeing’s website, “Black smartphone was designed with security and modularity in mind to ensure our customers can use the same smartphone across a range of missions and configurations.” | Boeing Black Spec Sheet (PDF)
WSJ Reports the phone will be available for government use Fall 2014 while a joint venture between two software firms launched the $629 Blackphone, which is being touted as a highly secure device that doesn’t run on any traditional telecom carriers or operating systems is availible now. Defense contractor General Dynamics makes a keyboard-equipped, BlackBerry-like secure phone called the Sectera Edge that is certified by the National Security Agency. Motorola Solutions makes a secure phone running on Android called the AME 2000. Motorola says its phone is already being used by federal agencies. | Watch The Boeing Black Promotional Video
Using embedded hardware security features, software policy configurability and physical modularity, Boeing Black claims greater security, more flexibility and productivity by featuring:
Android™ Operating System: Convenient smartphone for Android usage, Disk Encryption: Encrypted storage for sensitive data, Hardware Root of Trust: Ensures software authenticity, Hardware Crypto Engine: Protects stored and transmitted data, Embedded Secure Components: Enables trusted operations, Trusted Platform Modules: Provides secure key storage, Secure Boot: Maintains device image integrity & Hardware Modularity: Endless modularity capabilities… As well, Boeing has included a self-destruct option for the device. Whether or not, means the phone simply erases itself or explodes… has yet to be seen.