Giesecke & Devrient introduces new security solution for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Customers

May 2009 Cyber Security

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has launched an innovative security offering for users of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution. 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.

“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.

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 organisation’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 microSD 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 smartcard chip as an alternative to external smartcards.

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 unauthorised 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.

For more information contact Giesecke & Devrient, +49 (0)89 4119 2422, www.gi-de.com





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