WASHINGTON, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Silent Circle announced today that its inaugural device, Blackphone—the world's first smartphone to be built with a focus on privacy and security for its users—has been added to the permanent collection at the world-renowned International Spy Museum in the gallery Weapons of Mass Disruption, which explores the challenges facing the intelligence community in the 21st Century and the looming threat of Cyber War.
Launched in February 2014, Silent Circle's Blackphone has fast become a leader in the rapidly expanding arena of mobile privacy and security, and was named one of Time Magazine's best 25 inventions of 2014.
"Blackphone was not only game-changing for Silent Circle," said Bill Conner, President and CEO of Silent Circle, "the device completely disrupted an industry that for too long overlooked the need to protect enterprise data and privacy."
The International Spy Museum is the second globally recognized museum to exhibit the Blackphone, after the device was recently inducted into the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
"The fact that such venerable institutions consider Blackphone to be a key piece of modern history speaks to the incredible importance of privacy," said Conner. "As we grow, Silent Circle will continue to champion the fundamental right we all have to privacy. We have a platform of devices, services and software to ensure our customers have the highest levels of protection."
"This gallery, Weapons of Mass Disruption, is meant to convey the cyber threats we face in the 21st Century, and how dangerous modern technology can be in the wrong hands," said Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum. "Today, a common laptop or smartphone can be converted into a cyber weapon; however, they can also be developed for privacy protection. Devices such as Blackphone allow people, and businesses, to safeguard against these threats."
Later this summer, Silent Circle will launch the highly anticipated Blackphone2, which has been built to offer enterprises privacy without compromise. It integrates seamlessly with existing MDM systems like Citrix and also adds a faster processor, more RAM, a longer lasting battery, and a larger display. It offers the privacy and security that's only available from Blackphone with the next-generation hardware performance that smartphone users demand.
For more information on Silent Circle's enterprise privacy platform please visit www.silentcircle.com or follow @SilentCircle on Twitter.
About the International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage and intelligence. Open since July 2002, the Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage and intelligence in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of their important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum's permanent collection chronicles the history of espionage, from its inception, to the modern day challenges facing intelligence professionals worldwide in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit www.spymuseum.org.
About Silent Circle
Silent Circle is a leader in enterprise privacy, delivered through a revolutionary mobile ecosystem of devices, software and services, starting with ZRTP to build a fundamentally different mobile architecture.
Now led by Bill Conner, the former Entrust President and CEO and Nortel President, Silent Circle was co-founded by Mike Janke, former Navy SEAL and security expert; Phil Zimmermann, co-founder of PGP, developer of the ZRTP protocol and 2015 inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame; and Jon Callas, creator of Apple's whole disk encryption software and co-founder of PGP Corporation.
Silent Circle is headquartered in Switzerland, home to the world's best privacy laws. For more information on Silent Circle, go to: https://www.silentcircle.com
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