Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is launching a security product 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.
The BlackBerry Enterprise Solution gives mobile users secure access to their email, calendar, address book, tasks and notes as well as enterprise instant messaging, Web-based applications and services (intranet) and other corporate applications.
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 integrated in any organization’s IT procedures. It provides additional encryption for mobile e-mail – along the entire transmission route between senders and receivers.
Users simply 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 smart card chip as an alternative to external smart cards.
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.
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.