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Sikur touts a new secure Android phone for enterprise, gov’t comms – TechCrunch

It’s a few years because the Blackberry was the company phone du jour. Touchscreen telephones and the ‘Bring your Own Device’ pattern put paid to all that. But the idea of devoted cell {hardware} for corporates and governments with above common safety issues hasn’t fully handed into tech historical past.

Brazilian software program firm Sikur has been pushing the idea since 2015 when it launched a smartphone working a locked down/hardened model of Android which it branded GranitePhone. That was adopted up in 2018 with the eponymous SikurPhone.

Now at Mobile World Congress 2022 the agency is exhibiting off a new safety hardened and “certified” Android handset — which has been given the considerably deceptive moniker of Sikur One. (But that’s advertising and marketing for you.)

It’s branding the gadget a “zero trust concept” — on account of a bundle of “Sikur engineer certified” options that are touted to “increase defenses and encrypt confidential information at its source”, because it places it.

Baked in security measures embody gadget encryption; a default block on putting in apps from third-party shops; and a onerous block on location companies — the latter, in fact, being notoriously tough to change off on vanilla Android because of Google’s multilayered settings and rapacious urge for food for person information.

Sikur’s “Android Verified Boot” additionally purges built-in system apps to additional shrink the assault floor space and/or maintain the gadget “lightweight and secure”, as its PR tells it.

And regardless of modifying out some normal software program, Sikur says the handset is “fully configured and ready to use”, whereas additional claiming it has “the same usability as a regular device”. (Maybe that will depend on what precisely you need to use it for.)

Its construct additionally comes with a locked bootloader and Over The Air (OTA) patching for apps and the OS to make sure it’s all the time updated, i.e. reasonably than leaving it as much as customers to recollect to push a guide replace with the danger of safety vulnerabilities in the mean time.

Sikur additional touts a “password-less authentication token function” — which it suggests may assist forestall phishing and malware assaults. Default community settings are additionally tweaked with safety in thoughts. (Plus you get Sikur’s secure VPN to protect connections to unsecured wi-fi.)

Remote lock & wipe can also be on board, as you’d anticipate.

The gadget comes with Sikur Messenger because the default comms app — aka, the corporate’s end-to-end encrypted messaging app which is meant to face in because the secure company chat app (with help for messaging, voice, video calls and many others), and likewise for file storage and sharing, holding information in a secure personal cloud.

Albeit, this degree of secure comms is barely going to be out there throughout the Sikur Messenger micro-network; so solely workers provisioned with a gadget working the software program will have the ability to take part. (Although the messenger app can also be out there for normal Android, iOS and Windows, so doesn’t require the corporate’s cell {hardware} to entry.)

On the specs entrance, the Sikur One has a 6.5″ display, an octa core processor working Android 11, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

It’s a 4G (not 5G) gadget, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inside storage (an growth slot helps including as much as 512GB).

There’s additionally entrance and rear cameras, and help for twin SIM.

Color choice: (Stealth) black, clearly.

“Ordinary devices are open and susceptible to modified configurations and can contain apps that can damage the system and introduce malware, opening doors for data leakage and espionage. With Sikur One, even a connection made over public networks, such as in airports or restaurants, is protected,” mentioned Fabio Fischer, CEO of Sikur in a assertion.

The handset is a collaboration between Sikur and Brazilian electronics maker, Multilaser.

Pre-sales for the gadget — which Sikur is concentrating on at “large businesses and government organizations”, aka entities who could also be involved each about safety and wider compliance with privateness rules like Europe’s GDPR and Brazil’s equal (LGPD), are beginning this week per a spokesman.

“Devices are selling across Latin America, US, Europe and Middle East,” he additionally mentioned, including: “Brazil and the US are our biggest markets, to date.”

Sikur advised us the corporate has bought round 35,000 handsets since 2015.

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