Finnish company Bittium has announced the launch of Bittium Tough Mobile 2 C smartphone designed for confidential government-level mobile communications.
Smartphone's HW security solutions and multi-layered security structure based on the hardened Android 9 operating system are reinforced with the dual-boot functionality, running two completely separate and hardened operating systems on a single platform: Confidential and Personal. The smartphone, intended for government-level security needs, is complemented with Bittium Secure Suite management software, enabling remote management of devices and applications, as well as encrypted IP-based data transfer.
Operating system in the Confidential mode is cosmpletely separated and hardened for secure use, and it’s intended for ultimate, government-level secure communications. Hardened Android operating system in the Personal mode is for personal use where e.g. Google services and other social media applications are freely available. This unique dual-boot functionality enables both personal and professional use with high-level information security on a single device, eliminating the need for carrying two separate devices. The user can switch between the two different modes with dual-boot functionality. Security settings and other parameters of Tough Mobile 2 C operating systems can be configured with Bittium Secure Suite management software to meet the required level of usability and security needs. Both operating systems also support Multi-container feature, enabling the use of several secure, isolated workspaces within one operating system. User can switch between the different workspaces by swiping sideways from the home screen.
Hardware components and software solutions of the phone can be audited for use by authorities. Together with the Bittium Secure Suite device management and encryption software product, the phone can be certified for the secure use of different national government officials. As it is a smartphone that has been designed for use by authorities, it has a significantly longer availability and lifespan, and extended availability of security updates compared to several smartphones, the company claims.
“Bittium Tough Mobile 2 C smartphone and its supportive software solutions form a complete entity for customers requiring comprehensive state-level security," says Jari Sankala, Senior Vice President, Defense & Security.