A recent initiative to give the Army Reserves more responsibility has led to the forming of a Cyber Protection Team. One of the first issues that the team addressed, was to find a more secure way to communicate. In other words, a secure replacement for WhatsApp. Like many organisations, WhatsApp (along with other consumer-grade apps) has become widely adopted across the Armed Services. It has invaded almost by stealth. It’s easy to use, everyone has it, and it’s encrypted. What’s not to like.
However, as we have discussed on many occasions, consumer-grade apps are generally owned by multi-national social media companies, that don’t particularly care about your meta data, and might even sell it to advertisers.
Recognising this vulnerability, the Cyber Protection Team is piloting Armour Mobile. Currently being used very successfully by a small group that often work remotely, the plan is to encourage the use of Armour Mobile more widely.
Watch this space for further details.