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Hypori Delivers Secure Mobility Innovation to DHS S&T to Defend Federal Government Against Modern Cyber Warfare

Today Hypori, a leader in secure mobility, announced key capabilities delivered as a part of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) investment to secure mobile apps and data against modern-day cybersecurity threat vectors. The DHS S&T awarded Hypori a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract in July 2016 to expand its virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) platform in ways that address government needs and requirements.

Hypori virtualizes and runs mobile devices, along with all apps and data, in a secure data center. End users can use any mobile device as a thin client to access their Hypori virtual mobile device. The federal government needs the specific capability to securely govern the use of Bluetooth devices with the Hypori virtual mobile device. Hypori already forwards most of the sensors on physical mobile devices to the virtual device, including touch commands, GPS, camera, screen orientation, microphone and more. With this new capability - the first of its kind for a VMI platform - approved Bluetooth peripheral devices can connect and interact with apps in the Hypori virtual mobile device, while unapproved devices are blocked from connecting.

"This new secure Bluetooth VMI enhancement is forward-thinking and has never been proven until now," said DHS S&T's program manager Vincent Sritapan. "Government personnel can use the Bluetooth access control capability on the smartphone to connect to the virtual device managed in the cloud. This allows the end-user to safely connect a Bluetooth headset or mission specific equipment to the enterprise-managed virtual device."

Hypori's VMI platform can significantly advance a wide range of government mobility initiatives. Law enforcement agents at ports of entry or airports can securely connect and use Bluetooth headsets and scanners with apps residing in the Hypori virtual mobile device, while keeping other unsafe, unapproved Bluetooth devices commonly found in airports from connecting. State and local governments and non-government agencies can leverage Hypori's platform to enable mobile workflows for multiple users on devices that are not directly under government control.

Regionally, first responders can rely on Hypori to securely use mobile devices when reacting to emergencies without the liability of storing any sensitive apps or data on the physical mobile device. Beyond U.S. borders, government representatives traveling to high-risk foreign locations can turn to Hypori's technology for mobile access while eliminating the threat of data loss resulting from their physical mobile device getting stolen or hacked. There are also defense applications for Hypori's technology in securing tactical mobility, where field operatives have a mobile solution with no data at rest that can be used to communicate with central command.

"This technology presents an opportunity for government to securely connect with first responders to support the Homeland Security Enterprise," said Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert P. Griffin, Jr. "This enhancement will ensure data privacy and interoperability with device peripherals used in the field such as vehicles or other special purposed equipment."

"We are constantly improving and evolving our platform to meet mobility needs for both government and enterprise organizations," said Brian Vetter, CTO of Hypori. "Wherever you look, there is a consistent and growing struggle to secure data and apps on mobile devices, while simultaneously providing a seamless experience for end users. The SBIR contract with the DHS S&T underscored the value and security in Hypori's approach, and has since accelerated our progress toward a solution for that ongoing struggle."

Published Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:19 AM by David Marshall
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