Armour Communications announces the release of Armour Desktop for Windows 10

Government certified secure mobile communications app continues to lead market with expanded functionality

London, 15 February 2018: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions, has today announced the general availability of Armour Desktop.  Armour Desktop extends the secure mobile communications capabilities of Armour Mobile via a Windows 10 softphone and is fully interoperable with Armour Mobile.

David Holman, a director of Armour Communications said: “At Armour we are committed to extending our range of secure communications solutions that enable trusted colleagues to collaborate safe in the knowledge that their mobile conversations and associated metadata is secure. Our new Armour Desktop which runs on Windows 10 enables staff both inside and outside of the organisation to communicate within a secure and private environment, while taking advantage of the reduced costs and increased flexibility of Voice over IP communications.”

A government certified solution, Armour Mobile can be downloaded from the app stores and used on company-issued or staff owned devices (BYOD). It is easily deployed and centrally managed either on the Armour secure cloud, or as a full on-premises installation, giving a completely secured and controlled solution.

Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. Using a FIPS-140-2 validated crypto core, Armour Mobile has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is included in the NATO Information Assurance catalogue.

For more information or to download Armour Desktop click here

Armour Communications included in Gartner’s Market Guide for Secure Instant Communications

London, 13 February 2018: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions, has announced that it has been included in Gartner’s Market Guide for Secure Instant Communications[i]. The 2017 Market Guide defines secure instant communications solutions as those that “protect the confidentiality and integrity of voice, text and video communications sent over mobile and wireless networks, while also providing archiving functionality.” Armour Communications is listed alongside other Representative Vendors that offer security instant communications.

David Holman, a director of Armour Communications said: “We are delighted to be included in Gartner’s Market Guide for Secure Instant Communications. We believe that, with regulatory compliance and the increased number of privacy-invading mobile apps now prevalent, security and risk managers are looking for solutions that enable secure communications and archiving for voice and text in order to protect important and confidential information.

“To us, what is apparent from the Market Guide is that organisations should not rely upon consumer apps to protect their communications. We feel that, while they may provide some security capabilities, they are inadequate to ensure proper enterprise-level security. We believe that features such as an administrator account, integration with directory services, archiving, monitoring and encryption certifications are all essential to manage secure communications across an enterprise.”

Gartner states in the Market Guide that “Security leaders in organizations that have a real need for protecting instant communications will discover that the total cost of purchasing and implementing an enterprise-grade solution is not as high as having to make a consumer solution work in specific enterprise scenarios.”

Armour Mobile is a government certified solution and can be downloaded from the app stores and used on company-issued or staff owned devices (BYOD). It is easily deployed and centrally managed either on the Armour secure cloud, or as a full on-premises installation, giving enterprises high security, control and privacy for their corporate data.

Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. Using a FIPS-140-2 validated crypto core, Armour Mobile has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is included in the NATO Information Assurance catalogue.

[1] Gartner, ‘Market Guide for Secure Instant Communications’, Dionisio Zumerle, Gregg Pessin, 18 December 2017, ID: G00314063.

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Armour Mobile boasts a raft of new features in latest version including in-call switching between Voice and Video

Government certified secure mobile communications app continues to lead market with expanded functionality

London, 15 January 2018: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions, has today announced the release of the latest version of Armour Mobile.  Armour Mobile, which provides the same easy to use experience as consumer-grade (free) apps but with the benefit of significantly enhanced security, now enables users to switch between Voice and Video and back, mid-call, and introduces new capabilities for managing group chat members and group chat list owners.  Unlike other apps, Armour Mobile does not require all users to move to video simultaneously. With Armour Mobile, a single user may switch to video, which can be particularly useful when one caller is on a low bandwidth connection.

David Holman, a director of Armour Communications said: “At our customers request we have upgraded Armour Mobile to provide the option for a participant in a call to select voice or video during a call, giving users maximum flexibility with their communications and we have extended the management features of chat groups. This provides our users with all the great features they see in some consumer-grade apps, but from a known and trusted organisation.”

A government certified solution, Armour Mobile can be downloaded from the app stores and used on company-issued or staff owned devices (BYOD). It is easily deployed and centrally managed either on the Armour secure cloud, or as a full on-premises installation, giving enterprises high security, control and privacy for their corporate data.

Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. Using a FIPS-140-2 validated crypto core, Armour Mobile has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is included in the NATO Information Assurance catalogue.

 

Armour Comms sees momentum building with three new Government organisations and 15 new partners globally

Growth accelerates as demand for Secure Mobile communications increases across Government and Enterprise 

London, 14 November 2017: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions, has seen unprecedented growth in the last few months with many new customers and industry partners. During the last quarter Armour Comms has agreed terms/installed its flagship Armour Mobile at three high profile Government departments, and has got its fledgling US operation off to a flying start with signed deals. Armour is now working with 15 technology and innovation partners to deliver its higher assurance solution Armour Black, and its Push To Talk variant Armour Blue. In order to support partners and customers Armour has also launched a new website which will include portals for specific content and marketing material for partner and customer audiences.

David Holman, a director at Armour Communications said: “We’ve had a very strong quarter. As well as three major contracts signed, we have pilot projects running with several more government departments and law enforcement agencies. We have a number of new technology partners, who will be instrumental in our development of further higher assurance solutions through our Armour Black family of products. To support all this growth and development we have recruited several new members of staff for development, quality and testing.”

As well as 15 technology and innovation partners that Armour Comms is currently working with internationally, the company is actively looking to increase that number and expects to have four more partners to announce by the end of the year.

In the US, Armour Mobile has been selected by Huckworthy, a HUBZone certified small business and US Department of Defence Mentor Protégé Program Participant under The Boeing Company, to be an integral part of Huckworthy’s technology solutions. The company selected Armour Mobile for its ability to be offered as a private or cloud hosted solution, its ability to deliver voice, video, messaging and data transfer security with internationally recognised certifications, and a trusted UK based pedigree.

Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. It is FIPS-140-2 validated and has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is included in the NATO Information Assurance catalogue.

Armour Comms selected by Huckworthy for secure communications for US Govt, finance and legal sectors

Huckworthy

Armour Mobile meets stringent criteria required by noted commercial off the shelf wireless specialist and US Department of Defence Mentor Protégé Program Participant

London, 19 October 2017: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions, has announced that Armour Mobile has been selected by Huckworthy, a HUBZone certified small business and US Department of Defence Mentor Protégé Program Participant under The Boeing Company, to be an integral part of Huckworthy’s technology solutions. As a small business government contractor in the US, Huckworthy specialises in developing and providing communication solutions in advanced cellular technology, partnering with leading technology innovators to deliver certified and proven commercial products. The company selected Armour Mobile for its ability to be offered as a private or cloud hosted solution, its ability to deliver voice, video, messaging and data transfer security with internationally recognised certifications, and a trusted UK based pedigree.

Armour Mobile enables secure collaboration between trusted colleagues when discussing commercially sensitive information such as corporate intellectual property, financial transactions and customer details. Armour Mobile prevents mobile communications including voice, messaging, file transfers, video or even conferencing from being intercepted by illicit or unwarranted surveillance, keeping both conversations and associated metadata private. Importantly, Armour Mobile can provide this not just in a local environment, but also across for the global corporate traveller.

David Howgill, President of Huckworthy said; “Working for both government and high value clients in the financial and legal sectors, our focus is on finding, evaluating and integrating the latest, and most trusted, technology solutions. We have offered commercially encrypted communications for some years, and after thorough research and due diligence we have now selected Armour Mobile as best in class when offered as part of our integrated solutions.  We’re proud to offer Armour Mobile in the USA for both our government end clients, and commercially through our reseller partner networks.”

David Holman, a director at Armour Communications commented; “This partnership reinforces our proven experience in delivering secure mobile communications against the most demanding certification and performance criteria. Huckworthy has a noteworthy background in delivering communications solutions that ensure security of the highest level for its clients, both government and commercial, and we are delighted to have met their stringent requirements.”

Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. It is FIPS-140-2 validated and has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is included in the NATO catalogue.

Armour Communications showcases flagship product Armour Mobile at NATO Cyber event, NIAS 2017

Leading innovator showcases the first fully secure communications app to provide Push To Talk features  

NIAS, 17 – 19 October, Lotto Mons Expo, Belgium

                                                                  Stand No: B23 

London, 12 October, 2017: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions for iOS and Android smartphones/tablets and Windows 10 Desktop will be showing its flagship solution Armour Mobile, which provides all the functionality of consumer- grade free apps but with the benefit of significantly greater security. Also being exhibited at NIAS is Armour Blue, a sector specific variant of Armour Mobile which incorporates Mission Critical Push To Talk (PTT) functionality, providing features for emergency services and other agencies that need to maintain usability and compatibility with 3GPP MCPTT standards.

Armour Communications delivers collaboration solutions that enable people to communicate securely, using their everyday devices. Armour Mobile delivers secure voice, video and conference calls, plus secures messages and file attachments. The solution protects mobile communications from being intercepted by devices such as IMSI catchers or hacks exploiting security vulnerabilities in SS7 and other protocols. This ensures secure collaboration between trusted colleagues when discussing sensitive and/or classified information.

The entire portfolio of higher assurance solutions has been specifically designed for the unique needs of Government, Defence, covert communities and security conscious enterprise organisations.

David Holman, a director at Armour Communications commented; “Governments, defence and security agencies across the globe are seeking robust, high-assurance solutions to ensure the security and confidentiality of their communications. Armour Mobile protects sensitive and secret communications from eavesdroppers or hackers – without the requirement or costs of a special phone or hardware. The software solution is easily deployed, centrally managed and is available either on the Armour secure cloud, or as a complete on-premises solution where every element of communication is completely locked down and controlled.”

Armour Mobile is the first fully secure communications app to connect to Skype for Business (previously called Lync) using standard Cisco SIP-based technology. This enables Armour users in the field or overseas to communicate securely using voice and video with corporate Skype for Business installations. Jointly, Armour Mobile, Skype for Business and Armour Desktop enable users inside and external to the organisation to communicate transparently within a secure and private environment, while taking advantage of the reduce costs and increased flexibility provided by Voice over IP corporate communications.

Armour Mobile is FIPS 140.2 validated and has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is approved for use at NATO Restricted.

For more information about NIAS visit:  http://nias2017.com

Is someone listening in on your confidential calls?

The rogue cell/IMSI catcher hack and how 4G won’t necessarily solve the problem

You’re travelling, working on a new deal that’s just about to close.  You’re involved in the final negotiations. You need to check a few points with colleagues back at base.  You call them from a quiet place, away from eavesdroppers, from your mobile. But what about electronic eavesdroppers?

These days a voice call is just another piece of data, and it can be easily intercepted, and you’d never know.

The services and apps you use might claim to be encrypted, but what does that mean?  Exactly what is encrypted? Do you have control of your data/voice call and can you guarantee its integrity through to the receiving end?

How can you prevent it being intercepted by an IMSI-catcher attack, for example?

An IMSI catcher or a rogue cell as it is sometimes referred to, hoovers up details of callers’ International Mobile Subscriber Identity, hence the name. IMSI catchers are used by legitimate law enforcement to catch serious criminals and terrorists, as well as by criminals for malicious purposes.

IMSI catcher – The way it works

One of the issues with the original GSM network (often referred to as 2G) specification is that it required the handset to authenticate to the network but not vice versa. This meant that it was relatively easy to set up a base station pretending to be the network for nefarious reasons. There are various terms for this including Stingray, as US term, IMSI is more generally used, and the term rogue cell which can cover a wide range of things.

The IMSI catcher attracts mobile phones in close proximity to connect to it, thinking that it is a legitimate base station. It then logs the mobile’s details and location by use of the International Mobile Subscriber Identity.  If the IMSI catcher has its own SIM, it can log into the network which enables it to do much more.  For example, it can listen into or record calls by breaking the much weaker encryption used by the GSM network.

There are three modes of encryption for a GSM/2G network, A5/0 – which is no encryption, or A5/1 and A5/2.  Both of the latter two cyphers were reverse engineered as early as 1999. Which means that even without an IMSI catcher, it is, in theory at least, possible to listen in to calls in real time. As commercially available processing power has become exponentially greater, real time decryption of calls has been demonstrated on a number of occasions.

A 3G network offers better encryption, but the IMSI catcher base station forces the mobile back to 2G, negating the stronger 3G encryption.

How might 4G help and why doesn’t it?

Given the many years of development of telecoms networks and huge investment of time and experience it has taken to agree the specification for the 4G networks internationally, it has been assumed that there would be much better protection of privacy.  To some degree there is. However, the 4G network is based on a complex set of standards and protocols, and as with any computer system, there are going to be security holes; there always are, hence the advent of Patch Tuesday.

4G uses mutual authentication between the base station and the mobile handset. So in theory it is more secure as it is supposed to hide your IMSI, using a temporary IMSI during a call. However, in order to first connect to the base station, the phone has to give its real IMSI, so the real IMSI is always transmitted at least once and a fake base station can make use of that. Since 4G mobiles have to support 3G and 2G for areas lacking full 4G coverage, once the call has been intercepted, it can be forced back to 2G technology, and so again, the call is compromised.

Additionally, not every operator provides the same security, as the original 4G specification left it up to the service provider to decide which elements of security it implemented. This means that 4G/LTE networks cannot guarantee your calls will be transmitted safely with no interception.

Another point to keep in mind, is that we are assuming that the carrier wants to protect your call. When travelling abroad this may not be the case. Some regions are more prone to malicious attacks either by state actors or criminals; therefore you can’t afford to trust mobile networks when travelling, particularly if you are going to be discussing business deals or intellectual property.

Easy to set up and easy to conceal

These days, IMSI catchers can be set up for less than £1000, and they are small, so they are very portable. Someone could conceal an IMSI catch under clothes, with any larger components hidden in a back pack. They can be mounted on a drone, or a light aircraft or helicopter, which leaves even the most innocent-seeming locations potentially vulnerable.

As an ordinary mobile user, you would never know if your calls had been intercepted by an IMSI catcher. There is technology to enable you to check which base station you are connected to, but generally speaking they require a technically knowledgeable user and so would only really be used by law enforcement agencies.

It’s not just the secret services that suffer from these type of attacks. Misuse of base stations by oppressive governments can affect journalists or law enforcement may need to protect their operational data from the felons they wish to apprehend.  Criminals may target a specific company to steal industrial secrets, commercially sensitive information, intellectual property, or to eavesdrop on private conversations. Financial details and medical records could be compromised, and so too could high profile celebrities.

How can you keep your conversations private and secure?

There is Government certified technology available that can help mitigate this type of hack. A secure communications platform can protect against an IMSI catcher attack by securing calls and texts between two endpoints, which could be a mobile phone and a desk phone, for example. It does this by using software installed on the phone that does the encryption and decryption. Whatever is sent from the mobile using the software, be it a call, text, attachment such as a video or photo, is completely encrypted end-to-end, and therefore protected.

This type of secure platform can be integrated with existing phone systems, so that calls can be protected both inside the organisation and outside.

Armour Communications showcases new Armour Black solutions at DSEI

DSEI Logo

Higher assurance solutions now available for high threat user groups, protecting mobile communications from eavesdroppers with Armour Mobile

DSEI, 12 – 15 September, ExCeL, London

Stand No: N7-197  

London, 18 August, 2017: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions for Windows 10 Desktop, iOS and Android smartphones/tablets will be showing its flagship solution Armour Mobile, which provides all the functionality seen in consumer-grade (free) apps but with the benefit of significantly enhanced security. New for DSEI is Armour Black, a range of higher assurance solutions for Government, Defence, covert communities and the security-conscious Enterprise.

Offering the most comprehensive and flexible solutions currently available, Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. Armour Mobile protects mobile communications from devices such as IMSI catchers, or hacks using the SS7 protocol and others. It enables secure collaboration between trusted colleagues when discussing sensitive and/or classified information.

Armour Black provides the same great user experience as Armour Mobile, but is hardened with a range of third party products, to protect data classified up to SECRET.

Armour Blue, another sector specific variant of Armour Mobile, incorporates Push To Talk functionality which provides those features for emergency services and others that need to maintain usability and compatibility with 3GPP MCPTT standards.

David Holman, a director at Armour Communications commented; “We have gradually been expanding our range of specialist solutions based around Armour Mobile to cover a wide range of use cases for Government, Defence, Military, Covert and Emergency/Blue light services.

“Whether staff are using company issued devices or their own (BYOD), Armour Mobile is easily deployed and centrally managed, available either on the Armour secure cloud, or as a full on-premises solution where every element of communications is completely locked down and controlled. Armour Mobile is a software technology and protects sensitive and secret communications from eavesdroppers without the requirement or costs of a special phone or hardware.”

With its focus on interoperability Armour Mobile is the first secure communications app to connect to Skype for Business (previously called Lync) using standard Cisco SIP-based technology. This enables Armour users in the field or overseas to communicate securely using voice and video with corporate Skype for Business installations.

Also on show at DSEI will be the recently launched Armour Desktop which extends the secure mobile communications functionality of Armour Mobile and delivers it to organisations via a Windows 10 softphone.

Together Armour Mobile, Skype for Business and Armour Desktop enable users inside and external to the organisation to communicate transparently within a secure and private environment, while taking advantage of the reduce costs and increased flexibility provided by Voice over IP corporate communications.

Armour Mobile is available for download from the iOS and Android apps stores, and is also available for Armour Samsung Mobile, which provides an extra layer of hardware security by utilising the TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) for key storage and decryption.

Armour Mobile is FIPS 140.2 validated and has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is approved for use at NATO Restricted.

In addition to the Armour Comms stand no: S7-197, Armour Mobile can also been seen on the following partner stands at DSEI:

  • Leonardo, stand no: S5-110
  • BAE, stand no: S3-110, ND3
  • GETAC/Serbus, stand no: S9-120
  • MilDef, stand no: S4-320
  • L3 Technologies/TRL, stand no: S7-310
  • SEA, stand no: S6-240

For more information about DSEI visit:

http://www.eventguides.co.uk/DSEI_2017_Official_Event_Preview/#/58/

Armour Comms demos most comprehensive Secure Communications solution with preview of new Armour Desktop

Enterprise organisations now able to protect mobile communications of all kinds held on consumer and desktop devices from eavesdroppers with Armour Mobile

InfoSec Europe, 6 – 8 June, Olympia, London

Stand No: T10a

London, 5 June, 2017: Armour Communications, a leading provider of specialist, secure communications solutions will be showing its most comprehensive range of solutions for Enterprises to date at InfoSec Europe, including a technology preview of Armour Desktop. Its flagship solution Armour Mobile provides all the functionality seen in consumer-grade (free) apps, but with considerably enhanced security. Armour Mobile prevents mobile communications whether voice, text, video or conference from being intercepted by devices such as IMSI catchers, or hacks using the SS7 protocol and others. It enables secure collaboration between trusted colleagues when discussing commercially sensitive information such as corporate intellectual property, financial transactions, and customer details.

Armour Mobile provides secure voice calls, video calls, one-to-one and group messaging, voice and video conference calls, file attachments and sent/received/read message status. In addition, Armour Mobile was the first secure communications app to provide integration with Skype for Business.

New at InfoSec is Armour Desktop. Scheduled for general release by the end of June, Armour Desktop extends the secure mobile communications functionality of Armour Mobile and delivers it to the Enterprise via a Windows 10 softphone. This enables users both inside and external to the organisation to communicate transparently within a secure and private environment, while taking advantage of the reduce costs and increased flexibility provided by Voice over IP corporate communications.

Armour Mobile is available for download from the iOS and Android apps stores, and is also available for Armour Samsung Mobile, which provides an extra layer of hardware security using Samsung Knox. Details of how to download Armour Desktop will made available on release

David Holman, a director at Armour Communications commented; “Armour Mobile is ideal for any Enterprise that has sensitive mobile communications that it needs to protect.  For years organisations have been talking about protecting the end point – the mobile phone is the ultimate end point. Whether staff are using company issued devices or their own (BYOD), Armour Mobile is easily deployed and centrally managed, enabling Enterprises to protect their sensitive communications from eavesdroppers without the requirement for a special phone.”

Armour Mobile is FIPS 140.2 validated and has been awarded many other certifications including CPA (Commercial Product Assurance) from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and is included in the NATO catalogue.