Cellcrypt Awarded UK's CESG Claims Tested Mark

Adds to existing US FIPS 140-2 Validation for Secure Voice Calling

Oct 27, 2010, 09:00 ET from Cellcrypt

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellcrypt (www.cellcrypt.com), the leading provider of encrypted cell phone voice calling, today announced that the latest version of Cellcrypt Mobile 5.5, for both BlackBerry® Bold 9000 and Nokia E71 smartphones, has been awarded the CESG Claims Tested Mark (CCTM) certification.

Head of the CCTM Secretariat (ISC) Peter Hayes was delighted to make the award to Cellcrypt. "Our new category of Mobile and Remote Working products at CCTM continues to expand with the addition of Cellcrypt Mobile Version 5.5," said Hayes. "An easy to use, encrypted voice calling product brings welcome assurance for buyers across the wider public sector."

A CCTM certificate for Information Assurance (IA) means that UK public sector organizations, including Central Government, local authorities, NHS, education, criminal justice, police and MoD, can recognize a product that has had independent testing, under CESG authority. In addition "many private sector suppliers," notes Hayes, "are adopting CCTM certificated products in their solutions for their own government customers."

CCTM features as a recognized certification in the CESG Good Practice Guides and the HMG IA (Her Majesty's Government Information Assurance) Standards. "Buying an IA product from commercial vendors becomes a good deal easier when the buyer can see this CESG kite mark," says Hayes.

The CCTM certification is awarded for Cellcrypt Mobile 5.5, as described below:

"Cellcrypt Mobile provides encrypted voice calling on BlackBerry® Bold 9000 and Nokia E71 smartphones, ensuring that important mobile phone conversations remain secure.

Utilizing the IP (Internet Protocol) data channel Cellcrypt Mobile supports voice calls with comparable voice quality and performance to normal mobile phone calls in an easy-to-use application that makes secure calling as easy as making a normal phone call.

Cellcrypt Mobile delivers government-grade end-to-end security and is validated to CCTM in the UK, and to FIPS 140-2 standard, approved by the US National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)."

This is the second government-granted certification that Cellcrypt has been awarded this year after it earlier announced that its cryptographic module (Ccore) had been granted Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification (#1310) by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Ccore is used in a range of Cellcrypt products including mobile phone and gateway applications.

"In our business, customers demand absolute trust in the products they choose to acquire and the vendors who provide those products," said Richard Greco, CEO at Cellcrypt. "We can see how CESG's CCTM Certification provides important assurance to our customers that they are making  the right choice in selecting Cellcrypt to secure their conversations."

About CCTM

The CESG Claims Tested Mark (CCTM) scheme provides a government quality mark for the public and private sectors based on accredited independent testing, designed to prove the validity of security functionality claims made by vendors. The CCTM scheme verifies the claims security vendors make for their solutions for data confidentiality, integrity and availability in the modern government IT environment. In more colloquial terms, the CCTM is designed to assure public bodies that a product or service does 'what it says on the box'. It is operated by CESG, the Information Assurance arm of GCHQ, based in Cheltenham UK.

Full details of the CCTM scheme can be found at: www.cctmark.gov.uk.  

About Cellcrypt

Cellcrypt is the leading provider of military-grade voice call encryption on off-the-shelf mobile phones – including BlackBerry® and Nokia smartphones – that enables secure calling to mobile phones and office phone systems (PBXs) to allow landline calling as well as access to standard PBX features such as voicemail, conference calling and calling out to the public phone network.

The Cellcrypt product is validated to CESG Claims Test Mark in the UK, and to FIPS 140-2 standard, approved by the US National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), and operates over data-enabled networks including 2G (GPRS/EDGE), 3G (HSPA, CDMA/EV-DO) and Wi-Fi®. Cellcrypt is a BlackBerry® Alliance Partner, Inmarsat Connect Partner, and has AT&T Mobility Data Certification.

Today, Cellcrypt solutions are used routinely by governments, enterprises and senior-level executives worldwide. Cellcrypt is a privately-held, venture-backed company with offices in the USA, UK, Asia Pacific and Middle East.

For more information please visit: www.cellcrypt.com.

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