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KoolSpan and Intercede Partner to Facilitate Deployment of Secure Voice Apps on Android

Cybersecurity specialist Intercede and secure communications provider KoolSpan today announced a partnership utilizing the MyTAM service to enable KoolSpan’s government-grade protection of customers’ voice calls from malware and third parties attempting to listen in.

Securing cellular communications is a significant global need. Security specialists have long recognized that mobile communications, including cell phone calls, are vulnerable to interception by both official and criminal organizations. Businesses and consumers globally are subject to these attacks. Recent revelations only heighten awareness of the requirement to encrypt cell phone calls in everyday communications, whether for business or personal conversations.

KoolSpan’s TrustCall Virtual Edition (VE) encryptsvoice communication before sending it over a secure data channel. Utilising the Trustonic Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), which is built in at the point of manufacture on many leading Android smartphones, TrustCall VE-enabled devices seamlessly authenticate and connect to provide end-to-end encrypted communications.

Intercede’s MyTAM service enables organisations such as app developers, service providers, banks and media streaming companies to load apps into the TEE, protecting them and their associated content from malware, man-in-the-browser and other forms of software-based threats.

Trustonic’s cryptographically secured TEE allows KoolSpan to provide secure voice communication across mobile carrier networks. As a Trusted Application Manager (TAM) service, Intercede provides over-the-air provisioning of KoolSpan’s authentication, key management and encryption functions into the TEE.

Nigel Jones, CEO at KoolSpan, said, “Secure voice call services once available only to government intelligence organisations because of complexity and cost are now available to business people everywhere inexpensively and in a manner that is easy to use. The TrustCall suite provides a robust, cross-platform, end-to-end secure connection, bringing secure voice to the masses. Now businesses and organisations of all sizes can be confident that their calls are not intercepted by third parties or other apps on the device. We are delighted to be working with Intercede to deliver this unique capability to the market.”

Richard Parris, CEO at Intercede, said, “KoolSpan’s selection of MyTAM to complement its secure voice solution illustrates its commitment to delivering innovative apps to the market offering new levels of security protection for the end user.The combination of Intercede’s easy to integrate software libraries and cloud-based service allowed KoolSpan to make use of MyTAM to deploy their TEE-enabled TrustCall application in a matter of days. This is a compelling benefit for all Android application developers.”

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