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How to protect your corporate secrets

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10 April 2017

Bas de Graaf

Blogs by author:  Bas de Graaf , Head of Product Management, Security Consulting, BT.

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How much value do you put on your corporate secrets? We imagine it’s quite a lot, and that’s why it’s so important to encrypt your communications.

Encryption is on the rise.

Encryption in general is becoming more and more commonplace and, considering the sheer amount of data we now produce and send around the world, that’s no surprise. You need only look at the ubiquity of https when you browse the web, to see that encryption is fast becoming the standard — not just a luxury for people in high-ranking positions.

The likelihood is that you already use encryption as part of your everyday digital life. There is, however, one level of encryption that you may not have considered — your mobile communications.

Protecting phones.

As far back as World War II, people have encrypted phone data to keep their communications secure. This practice continues today, but now it covers mobile phone transmissions and SMS messages, too. This isn’t just the stuff of spy films. The military, major companies, the stock exchange, politicians — people from different levels of various industries and sectors use this encryption to ensure their communications are not captured.

However, not everyone is taking the necessary precautions when it comes to their voice data — and that means your business secrets could be susceptible to mobile-traffic interceptors.

Remember the Angela Merkel phone-tapping incident? German security researchers had previously warned the government about how easy it is to hack a mobile device. But, having not understood the extent of the hacking threat, the German Chancellor ended up having to purchase a €2,500 crypto-chip for her new phone to prevent any unwanted surveillance. And anyone that wanted to contact the Chancellor had to buy the same chip for their own devices.

Examples like this make the case for mobile encryption clear — it’s better to secure yourself now, than risk serious consequences in the future. Angela Merkel may be secure now, but not before she risked state secrets by not taking a tough enough approach to mobile security.

Make sure nobody’s listening in on your secrets.

As a business, you want to hold onto your place in the market, and that means protecting your R&D, your intellectual property and your trade secrets. And to keep these safe you need to be sure your mobile traffic can’t be intercepted. To do that, you need Mobile Voice Encryption.

Mobile Voice Encryption stops people from listening in on your phone conversations. This allows mobile users, wherever they are, to communicate with their colleagues in a secure manner, whenever they need to discuss sensitive subjects. It offers:

  • end-to-end encryption for voice, instant messaging and SMS communications
  • encrypted video calls
  • local gateways for encrypted calls to your office
  • a standard downloadable app (Android and iOS) for commercial off-the-shelf smartphones.

And it doesn’t just protect your company — if you work on behalf of clients, it protects them from communications interception, too.

In ten years, it’s likely that Mobile Voice Encryption will be the standard. But, at the moment, that’s not the case. So, I’ll return to my original question: How much value do you put on your corporate secrets? If you put any value on this information at all — then you need to look into Mobile Voice Encryption.

Find out more about how to keep your information private by visiting our security consulting page.