launches Cellcrypt Enterprise Gateway which enables business executives to securely call office desk phones from their cell phone. The solution is aimed at senior executives travelling to hostile countries where phone interception is widespread.
In addition, mobile executives can securely access standard office telephony features – such as voicemail, conference calls and calling out to the public telephone network – allowing them to seamlessly continue their normal business routine when abroad assured that confidential corporate and personal information is kept private.
Cellcrypt Enterprise Gateway is an enterprise software application that interfaces with office phone systems (PBXs) and provides encrypted voice calling to Blackberry and Nokia mobile phones running Cellcrypt Mobile software. It also passes commands to and from PBXs via keypad tones and interactive commands to enable secure remote access to existing PBX telephony features such as conference calling.
Executives increasingly recognise the risk of call interception by foreign states, competitors, journalists and kidnappers, especially when travelling abroad. As recently as April 2010, an unauthorised spy centre was discovered in Latin America containing sophisticated cellular interception equipment used for spying on businesses, politicians and journalists. This is the latest example of illegal phone interception whose breadth and depth is only recently coming to the public stage. A 2005 report to US Congress* showed that far from being restricted to a few rogue nations, state sponsored interception is widespread, stating, for example, that 108 countries are actively engaged in collection efforts against US technology assets.
Another reason for business travellers to secure cell phone calls when abroad is to protect personal information from kidnappers in high-risk regions, such as South America. In 2009, an estimated 9,000 kidnappings took place in Venezuela alone.
Cellcrypt provides encrypted voice calls on mobile phones such as BlackBerry and Nokia smartphones delivering government-grade security in an easy-to-use application that makes highly secure calling as easy as making a normal phone call. Utilising the IP data channel it supports all major wireless networks including 2G (GPRS/ EDGE), 3G (HSPA, CDMA/EV-DO), Wi-Fi and satellite. Cellcrypt's encryption technology is compliant to FIPS 140-2 security standard, approved by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.