Lockheed, Fixmo team on secure authentication for mobile devices

Defense giant Lockheed Martin and mobile risk management (MRM) provider Fixmo have collaborated to bring to market secure authentication technologies for consumer-grade mobile devices, Lockheed Martin announced Feb. 20.

The collaboration melds Fixmo's SafeZone and Lockheed Martin's Mandrake SG technologies into a new Secure Gesture capability to meet the needs of customers with high security requirements such as those in the military and intelligence sectors, as well as other public-sector and private-sector markets, the company said.

Fixmo SafeZone is a defense-grade secure workspace solution for iOS and Android devices that keeps all e-mail, browsing, documents and applications encrypted, contained, and under IT control no matter who owns the device, Lockheed Martin said. Fixmo's MRM technology was developed under a cooperative research and development agreement with the National Security Agency.

Lockheed Martin's Mandrake SG technology will enable smart phone and tablet users to authenticate into Fixmo SafeZone with a user-defined gesture, which has been proven to be more secure and far easier to use than a 14-character complex, randomly generated password. 

By integrating Lockheed's Mandrake Secure Gesture capabilities into the Fixmo SafeZone secure workspace, Fixmo can now enable business users and government employees to easily switch contexts between the personal and business sides of the device while ensuring the integrity and identity of the user, Lockheed Martin said.

 

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