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Aussie SME provides secure mobility and comms for government users

Canberra-based cyber security firm Penten has officially launched the AltoCrypt phone, designed to provide a secure device with chat, browser, email, video and audio for government and Defence clients.

Canberra-based cyber security firm Penten has officially launched the AltoCrypt phone, designed to provide a secure device with chat, browser, email, video and audio for government and Defence clients.

Working with global partners inside and out of government, Penten has revealed its vision for secure mobility for government users. Penten’s AltoCrypt Phone delivers a suite of secure applications to stay connected with chat, voice and video, email and calendar on a managed iPhone.


Penten's AltoCrypt Phone will deliver modern tools for accessing classified information and enabling modern work practices while respecting doctrine, regulation and sovereignty.

This new capability is not just about gaining advantage through improved situational awareness, informed decision making and workplace flexibility for Defence, it is also about maintaining intellectual advantage.

The AltoCrypt Phone solves many of the traditional information security problems – namely needing to return to hardened, fixed workspaces or carrying around bundles of printed material by delivering a modern hardened device with the advanced features and functionality to provide classified information to mobile users.

Convenient, familiar and flexible to rapidly deliver new applications, the AltoCrypt Phone provides government users with a trusted device that enables secure peer-to-peer collaboration across voice, video chat and email services.

Penten CEO Matthew Wilson told Defence Connect, "The release of the AltoCrypt Phone has been the culmination of nearly a decade of work and goes back to Penten's core focus, which is providing the warfighter, defence leadership and political and policy leaders with secure mobility in a familiar, easy to use piece of technology."


Additionally, the AltoCrypt Phone provides controlled access to data from less trusted security contexts from across the enterprise to users, anywhere and anytime. The AltoCrypt Phone is built on commercial off the shelf consumer hardware, using an assured secure supply chain and supported by a sovereign secure repair capability.

"Part of the process in designing and developing the capability was a firm focus on the workspace of the future and ensuring that the end user is familiar with the system, that is why we chose to work with Apple to deliver this capability," Wilson added.

This solution gives users a communication device that they are familiar with, providing simple access to sensitive networks and information from less trusted environments to make informed decisions when and where they need to.

Penten's AltoCrypt Phone enables enterprise situational awareness without attracting attention or data compromise.

Wilson added, "Built around the classified user, security is included in everything we do – we are focused on supporting the end user from the warfighter at the tactical level, through to leadership in Defence, ministerial offices and other relevant departments, it is about making the decision-making process in these environments quicker, easier and secure.

"The next generation of war fighters and policy makers have had a mobile device in their hands for much of their lives, mobile devices support how they work, learn and live. AltoCrypt Phone will give them the tool they need to maximise their potential in government, securely."

The AltoCrypt Phone uses a secure software module that protects data in transit using high assurance encryption protocols. This software has been designed to directly connect to existing access gateways and crypto infrastructure standards, which are in service throughout the Australian government.

With a long pedigree in secure mobility for government, Penten and its partners are delivering modern layered security architectures, secure applications, tuned devices and networks to support world leading secure mobility capability to its global customers.

"The issue of secure mobility is not unique to Australia and it's prevalent across both the Five Eyes and Australia's broader alliance base, so we have a firm eye on those potentialities as well."

Penten’s AltoCrypt family of secure mobility solutions enable mobile secure access to classified information for government. This access provides government workers with the accessibility and flexibility of a modern workplace.

Penten’s Applied AI business unit creates realistic decoys using a novel combination of machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect and track sophisticated cyber adversaries.

Aussie SME provides secure mobility and comms for government users
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