AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.”
Hypori will demonstrate its new Bluetooth feature at the DHS S&T booth (South Expo Hall Booth S2533) during the upcoming RSA Conference running from February 13-17 in San Francisco, as well as at its own booth (North Expo Hall Booth N5100).
"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."
Hypori’s platform has been widely recognized as an innovative security technology for advancing the U.S. government’s mobile initiatives. Hypori has achieved a number of federal certifications, including the National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified Program Components List, and is the only VMI vendor to meet the rigorous requirements for classified mobility. Federal agencies and commercial enterprises not in attendance at RSA Conference that are interested in learning how Hypori is enabling a path to secure mobility at the DHS or that want to explore Hypori’s VMI platform more broadly can contact DHS S&T Cyber Security Division at SandT-Cyber-Liaison@hq.dhs.gov.
About U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
The Science and Technology Directorate is the primary research and development arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Its mission is to deliver effective and innovative insight, methods, and solutions for the critical needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise. S&T manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the department's operational components and the nation’s first responders and critical infrastructure. S&T’s engineers, scientists and researchers work closely with industry and academic partners to ensure R&D investments address the high-priority needs of today and the growing demands of the future.
At Hypori, we are passionate about mobility. We believe that secure mobility does not have to come at the expense of end user privacy or usability. Founded in 2011, we have built a user-centric solution to address mobility and compliance requirements, especially for regulated industries including healthcare, financial services, public sector and payments. Hypori's virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) platform provides the rich mobile experience users expect while keeping all enterprise data and applications completely off the user's device. Learn how you can realize your mobile initiatives without having to wrap or modify applications at http://www.hypori.com/.