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Protecting mission data and apps on Android-based mobile devices

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A member of Special Operations is deployed in the field on a mission to identify the location and movements of adversaries. Her primary recording and transmitting device is an off-the-shelf Android tablet. She is deep within hostile territory and needs to transmit her findings immediately. Unable to reach a secure location for sending this sensitive data, she must risk her message being intercepted, her position identified, and her recon rendered useless.

THE CHALLENGE

Mission deployments often use mobile devices as tools for situation awareness, intelligence data collection, information sharing, collaboration, and reporting. This means that key mission data is stored and exchanged on mobile phones and inside tactical applications like the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK). These important operations and information must be protected by a secure platform while also providing safe networks for the transfer of time-critical data and voice communications. We developed the Secure Mobile Platform (SECMP) to give support teams the ability to safely move information wherever they need it. We can put a secure communications platform directly in the hands of warfighters anywhere in the world.

WHY IT MATTERS

Secure Mobility achieves information superiority while enabling the use of information to influence action. It requires a protective, layered approach to connect off-the-shelf devices to government enterprise. Without the Secure Mobility Platform, classified operations performed by mobile users are vulnerable to network-exploited threats, data processing threats, role exploit threats (where authorized users imitated), and platform compromised threats that cause the device to deviate from allowed usage. Adversaries would also be able to monitor and capture data transmissions. Existing devices do not provide access to network-enabled operations and applications after warfighters cross the “first tactical mile." In these cases, many classified applications have to be performed "in the clear" within a secure perimeter. By replacing the traditional link and network encryption used on deployed devices, SECMP offers greater information mobility and security than ever before.

THE SOLUTION

Secure Mobility Platform is based upon METRONOME executives' extensive experience in secure operations and cryptography technologies. METRONOME leverages the architecture and processing power of commercial off-the-shelf technology to develop all-software solutions for classified applications.

"“It was good meeting you today and looking at your capabilities. The customers I support are always interested in this type of capability”" — Anonymity preferred

HOW IT WORKS

Secure Mobile Platform (SECMP) takes off-the-shelf Android smartphones, tablets, and embedded devices and turns them into secure, deployable tools fit for classified operations. SECMP enables the users to securely talk, text, email, browse web sites, send and receive data, video conference, and access secure networks. To achieve Secure Mobility objectives, SECMP is designed with strong Elliptic-Curve and AES-256 Cryptography that protects all data, both Data-at-Rest and Data-in-Transit. We employed "defense in depth" principles, using multiple layers of security controls like double protection layers to wrap all physical and logical access points. Because of this, commanders, planners, and fighters are assured of the confidentiality and authenticity of data and voice communications. With high levels of security baked-in, SECMP offers the flexibility of a wide selection of Android-based mobile devices and the ability to deploy these SECMP-powered devices for the users in all critical operations, including those in theaters and at the edge.

IMPACT FOR THE FUTURE

Secure Mobile Platform technology has been demonstrated to end users and is currently under evaluation. In March 2014, we performed a live demonstration for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at Fort Story, Virginia Beach. Potential users expressed appreciation for SECMP capabilities and indicated that SECMP will help reduce costs in acquisition development and fielded-system sustainment.

David Grayson, Metronome SECMP Project Engineer, says "The SECMP project has provided me with a new wealth of knowledge. The program is based on utilizing some of the latest transport layer security protocol to create a secure communication infrastructure. This has allowed me to personally learn much about secure mobility technologies as I face the challenge of creating the secure communication infrastructure on mobile devices for the government."

Because the Secure Mobile Platform brings strong protection to off-the-shelf mobile smartphones, tablets and embedded devices, it ensures that proprietary information and intellectual properties are protected in secure collaborations anytime, anywhere. These capabilities could be key elements for protecting collaboration and competition from industrial espionage.

The importance of the SecMP technology can be summarized by its potential benefits for Enhanced Military Capability, Accelerated Development Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment cost reductions. — Huy Nguyen, President, CEO at Metronome Software, LLC

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METRONOME SOFTWARE 's mission is to provide innovation in defense science, information security and advanced system concepts; all that can help our armed forces achieve information superiority, empower the warfighters and protect the information cyber infrastructure.

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TOPIC TITLE:

Securing personal mobile devices for use as digital proxies

TOPIC NUMBER:

AF093-054

CONTRACT NUMBER:

FA8750-12-C-0025

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