The Defense Department has rolled out supersecret smartphones for work, made by Silent Circle, which was founded by a former Navy SEAL and is known for its spy-resistant “blackphone.”
As part of preliminary trials, U.S. military personnel are using the device, encrypted with secret code down to its hardware.
The blackphone’s operating system and software options enable customers to essentially log in to the same phone under multiple personas, each with separate security restrictions. Specifically, a feature called “Spaces” insulates data activity in one profile from the actions happening in other compartments.
DOD, not Silent Circle, configures the mobile email, private network, Web browser and other apps. The data flows through military servers, and Silent Circle does not have access to the government’s encryption keys for unlocking secret messages.