Biometric Associates Partners With SteelCloud To Deliver First Secure Bluetooth Headset Approved For The Department Of Defense
ORLANDO, Fla., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SteelCloud, Inc. (OTCQB: SCLD), a leading developer of secure mobility appliance and VMware® solutions, and Biometric Associates, LP, (BAL) www.baimobile.com a leader in secure wireless communications devices, announced today, at BlackBerry World™, a partnership to market the first and only Bluetooth mobile headset approved for use by the Department of Defense (DoD).
BAL utilizes advanced 128-bit encryption, a randomly generated PIN, and other specialized firmware techniques to secure its Bluetooth products. The blueARMOR 100 headset is the only commercially available Bluetooth headset to pass all of the tests required by National Security Agency (NSA) and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and is therefore, the only Bluetooth headset approved for use within the DoD. This headset received DoD approval in the DISA mobility Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) published last week http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/net_perimeter/wireless/smartphone.html
DISA's approval requires that the blueARMOR headset be paired with a BlackBerry® device running Bluetooth version 2.1 or higher managed by BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5. SteelCloud's SteelWorks FedMobile appliance and VMware solutions for BlackBerry, together with Fixmo's Sentinel™ product, will incorporate the policies necessary to effectively secure this new Bluetooth capability.
"As those in our business are well aware, Bluetooth if not properly secured, creates significant vulnerabilities for hackers to penetrate a customer's network," said Brian Hajost, SteelCloud President and CEO. "Biometric Associates, LP provides products distinguished by superior security protection, as now proven though NSA's testing and recognized by DISA and the Department of Defense. Since the blueARMOR 100 is the only approved Bluetooth headset for use within the DoD, we are optimistic about significant demand for BAL's secure headset as our military leverages this new Bluetooth capability. We are excited by the synergies that we have now created with the recent alliances between BAL, SteelCloud and Fixmo."Douglas Kozlay, BAL President and CEO, added that, "This is a product that people have been requesting for several years. Eight states and most military bases prohibit cell phone use while driving. A Bluetooth headset is the obvious answer, but the security vulnerabilities of standard Bluetooth headsets have been well documented. We are pleased to offer a secure, hands free solution to both those in the military and those who desire military-grade security." The blueARMOR 100 headset has a commercial list price of $199.95 and is available for commercial sale at www.securebluetooth.com. Government customers may purchase the headset from SteelCloud's GSA schedule. About SteelCloud SteelCloud designs and architects specialized appliance and virtual solutions for mobile computing technologies. The company delivers integrated hardware/software appliance solutions that focus on ease of deployment, policy compliance, and high availability, to commercial and government enterprises. SteelCloud is a member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. Over its 24-year history, SteelCloud has won numerous awards for technical excellence and customer satisfaction. SteelCloud can be reached at (703) 674-5500. Additional information is available at www.steelcloud.com or by email at email@example.com. About Biometric Associates Biometric Associates, LP is a limited partnership with offices in Maine and the Washington, DC area. Products include a Bluetooth Smart Card Reader, and a Secure Bluetooth Headset. The company is a unique developer, manufacturer, and integrator of authentication and identity systems that have been specifically designed to provide a high level of security and privacy protection. BAL specializes in communications protocols, hardware design, smart cards and related cryptography, PKI and RFID implementations that can be integrated into logical and physical access control devices and applications. For additional information, go to www.baimobile.com or call (410) 252-7210. DISA approval of its Bluetooth headset is documented in the update to the BlackBerry STIG http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/net_perimeter/wireless/smartphone.html. About Fixmo Inc. Fixmo Inc. is a leading provider of secure, end-to-end, multi-platform, infrastructure management solutions for enterprise mobile devices. Fixmo provides enterprises with powerful tools to manage the risk associated with mobile devices, giving customers device assurance, policy compliance and device auditing. Since launching Fixmo Tools in early 2010, the company has added solutions that address challenges enterprises face dealing with the complexity and risk of mobile devices in their workforces. For more information please visit www.fixmo.com. Trademarks are owned by their respective companies. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts, including statements regarding SteelCloud, Inc.'s (the "Company") beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the Company's ability to obtain financing in the short term; general business conditions and the amount of growth in the computer industry and the general economy; competitive factors; ability to attract and retain key sales and management personnel; the price of the Company's stock. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise. SOURCE SteelCloud, Inc.
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