Bittium launched the TOUGH MOBILE 2 C smartphone, based on the existing TOUGH MOBILE 2, on 25 June.
Designed and entirely manufactured in Finland, the 2 C has been developed specifically to cater for the Confidential communications requirements of public authorities. The device’s unique HW security solutions and multilayered security structure, based on the hardened Android 9 operating system, are reinforced with dual-boot functionality, running two completely separate and hardened operating systems on a single platform: Confidential and Personal. The TOUGH MOBILE 2 C smartphone, intended for government-level security needs, is complemented by Bittium’s SECURE SUITE management software, enabling remote management of devices and applications, as well as encrypted IP-based data transfer.
The Confidential-mode operating system is completely separated and hardened for secure use, intended for government-level secure communications. The Hardened Android operating system in the Personal mode is for personal use where e.g. Google services and other social media applications are freely available. This unique dual-boot functionality enables both personal and professional use with high-level information security on a single device, eliminating the need for carrying two separate devices. Security settings and other parameters of the operating systems can be configured with SECURE SUITE to meet the required level of usability and security. Both operating systems also support the ‘Multicontainer’ feature, enabling the use of several secure, isolated workspaces within one operating system. Users can switch between different workspaces by swiping sideways from the home screen.
Bittium’s TOUGH MOBILE 2 C and SECURE SUITE can be certified for use by various national government officials. As it has been specifically designed for use by public authorities, it has a significantly longer availability, lifespan and extended security update availability compared with many other smartphones.
“Exceptional times have further increased the need for security in mobile communications, and we can proudly answer with the unique security of two totally separated operating systems [in the] TOUGH MOBILE 2 C smartphone [which, with] its supportive software solutions, form a complete entity for customers requiring comprehensive state-level security. [It] can also be customized to meet the security needs of different companies and organizations, further expanding the smartphone usability," commented Jari Sankala, Senior VP, Defense & Security.