Millions of First Responders can benefit with WidePoint digital certificates securely stored on select Kyocera mobile devices
MCLEAN, Va. – WidePoint Corporation (NYSE Mkt: WYY), a leading provider of Managed Mobility Services (MMS) specializing in Cybersecurity and Telecommunications Lifecycle Management (TLM) solutions, and Kyocera Communications Inc., the leader in ruggedized mobile devices, announced that WidePoint Certificate-on-Device™ digital certificates can now be utilized on select Kyocera smartphones to enable advanced mobile security features such as on-demand VPN by Mobile Active Defense, Inc. (M@D). The integrated hardware/software solution will be demonstrated at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, which takes place March 10-11 in Washington, D.C.
The collaborative offering from Kyocera and WidePoint will be marketed primarily to first responders, border patrol agents, and other mobile law enforcement agents, particularly those working under harsh field conditions. Kyocera's ruggedized devices, such as its Brigadier and DuraForce smartphones, are built to withstand severe environments, with Military Standard 810G protection against water, dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog and humidity. They also are certified IP68 for dustproofing and immersion in up to six feet (1.8 meters) of water for up to 30 minutes and are certified for use in hazardous locations (Nonincendive, Class I, Division 2, Group A-D, T4). The secure WidePoint digital certificates enable the M@D IPSec VPN, for trusted communications and strong authentication to networks such as FirstNet, as well as critical resources and data sources.
The solution brings a higher level of assurance to mobile device communications without the use of an additional card reader or sled for a smart card. Rather, the WidePoint digital certificates are stored in a secure container on the Kyocera devices to provide strong authentication used by the M@D VPN.
The integrated solution meets FIPS 140-2 key protection and OMB Level of Assurance for transactions needing high confidence in the asserted identity's accuracy. WidePoint's device and user digital certificates are cross-certified with the Federal Bridge Certification Authority (FBCA), and its issuance process is compliant with NIST Special Publication 800-157, Guidelines for Derived 6 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) 7 Credentials.
Kyocera is the nation's leading provider of ruggedized mobile devices, including the Brigadier, DuraForce, and TorqueXT. The waterproof, dust-proof, and ultra-durable Android smartphones are certified to Military Standard 810G, are available off-the-shelf from the nation's leading wireless service providers, and offer compellingly low total cost of ownership (TCO).
John Atkinson, chief sales marketing officer of WidePoint, said, "WidePoint continues its growth strategy within the US Federal Government marketplace with this offering targeted to the needs of first responders and law enforcement. The high level of assurance and ruggedized device provides the protection required for trusted and reliable mobility without the hassle of external cards and readers--a solution urgently needed as cybersecurity threats become more sophisticated and their ability to impact our national infrastructure increases."
Spencer Cobb, chief executive officer chairman of Mobile Active Defense said, "We are delighted to be working with WidePoint and Kyocera to secure mobile communications within the US Federal Government. With the pervasiveness of mobile devices, the industry has recognized that trying to assign network-level identity management and security to mobile continues to be a challenge as threats to the mobile ecosystem evolve. This innovative, best-in-class offering solves these key challenges and enables trusted mobile communications with a seamless user experience."
Steve L. Komar, chief executive officer & chairman of WidePoint Corporation, said, "WidePoint is pleased to work with partners such as Kyocera and Mobile Active Defense to deliver best-in-class solutions and expertise to complement our own strengths in identity assurance and user authentication. We look forward to presenting this and other secure solutions aimed at eliminating barriers to managing secure, trusted mobile computing and communications."
WidePoint will be demonstrating the use of its Certificate-on-Device digital certificates to provide authentication to the M@D IPSec VPN on Kyocera smartphones during the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, March 10-11, 2015, at WidePoint's booth #48.
Learn more about WidePoint Certificate-on-Device solutions on WidePoint's website. Information about Kyocera's ruggedized devices is available at www.kyoceramobile.com.
About Kyocera Communications Inc.
Kyocera Communications Inc. is the headquarters for Kyocera wireless devices in the Americas. Designed with durability, dependability, and long-term value as priorities, Kyocera mobile phones help people feel comfortable with new technology and use it to connect, perform and outsmart life's challenges. At the heart of Kyocera's products is a belief that one size doesn't fit all and that people should do more with phones instead of being confused by them or having to alter their lifestyles to accommodate them. For more information, follow the company at facebook.com/kyoceramobile or twitter.com/kyoceramobile.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the "Top 100 Global Innovators" by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine's current "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
About Mobile Active Defense
Mobile Active Defense, Inc. (M@D) develops software that secures and protects confidential data on mobile devices for enterprises, governments and individuals. Additional information is available at www.mobileactivedefense.com.
WidePoint (NYSE Mkt: WYY) is a leading provider of secure, cloud-delivered, enterprise-wide information technology-based solutions that can enable enterprises and agencies to deploy fully compliant IT services in accordance with government-mandated regulations and advanced system requirements. WidePoint has several major government and commercial contracts. For more information, visit www.widepoint.com.
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