NSA certifies the Sectera Edge smartphone
The National Security Agency (NSA) has certified the wireless Sectera Edge smartphone, a product of General Dynamics C4 Systems, for voice communications classified up to the Top Secret level and access to email and web-sites classified at the Secret level and below.
Similar in form and function to a commercial cell phone/PDA, the Sectera Edge is capable of synchronizing information with a user’s computer, enabling access to calendar, address book, calculator, notepad and other PDA capabilities. The smartphone operates on existing GSM and CDMA commercial cellular networks. Planned enhancements will provide interoperability with WiFi local area networks.
The smartphone interfaces with the U.S. Department of Defense PKI using the government’s standard Common Access Card.
Information stored in the Sectera Edge is protected using data-at-rest encryption.
Developed under the NSA Secure Mobile Environment/Portable Electronic Device program, the Sectera Edge smartphone is compliant with the Secure Communication Interoperability Protocol, enabling secure interoperability with SCIP devices including the Secure Telephone Equipment and existing Sectera phones and terminals. The smartphone is also compliant with the High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor Interoperability Specification for secure interoperability with in-line encryption devices, including TACLANE encryptors, that secure information on the U.S. Government’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network.