Kaymera launches secured Pixel smartphone
by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 January 2017
Kaymera, a leader in mobile security for enterprises and government organisations, has today announced the launch of the Kaymera Secured Pixel, a unique fully-hardened and secured version of Google’s flagship smartphone. Kaymera’s secured version of the Pixel phone uses the original Google device’s purpose-built hardware and retains all of the Pixel’s features and ergonomics, including the fingerprint scanner.
It enables users to continue using all of their preferred Android applications, while ensuring that the phone, data stored on it and all communications - voice, data and messaging - are fully secured. The device is immune to all types of external exploit attempts. The secured Pixel phones are also fully managed using Kaymera’s management console.
The Google Pixel has been developed as a class-leading Android phone, and addresses the increasing fragmentation in the Android ecosystem. This fragmentation leads to long update and patching cycles, which in turn creates multiple potential security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by criminals. However, the Pixel smartphone still needs additional security measures to be applied in order to make it safe for enterprises and government organisations to use, according to Kaymera.
Avi Rosen, CEO at Kaymera, said: “With the Pixel, Google has raised the bar for Android devices, using the best possible hardware platform – but the operating system and various software layers still need further enhancements to provide robust security before it can be used safely in corporate or government environments.”
“However, that security must not affect or restrict productivity, or the functionality of their familiar apps and device features. Kaymera’s secured Pixel phone is unique in enabling organisations to meet the demands for both military-grade security and usability simultaneously, without any compromises,” Rosen added.
Kaymera claims that it is the leading mobile defence system that protects against all mobile threats to devices, communications and users. The company takes the Google Pixel and also a range of selected high-end mobile devices, and applies Kaymera’s own hardened version of the Android operating system and its security architecture. This comprises four layers to address each of the main mobile threat vectors: encryption, protection, prevention and detection
Kaymera devices are centrally managed via the company’s management dashboard, which shows the real-time risk status of the organisation as well as each device, and enables easy enforcement of security policies on the devices.