FICORA and Bittium working for a safer digital future

Published 29.09.2017

FICORA has accredited the Bittium Tough Mobile LTE smartphone and the associated Bittium Secure Suite for processing national classified information at protection level III (ST III).

In 2015, Bittium Tough Mobile became the first Finnish smart phone to gain government approval, enabling the processing of information at the national protection level IV (ST IV). The latest accreditation further increases the security of Bittium Tough Mobile, as it allows for the processing and transfer of classified information on a smartphone at a higher level, level III.

The information security-approved dual-boot smartphone has two domain modes, public (“off-duty") and confidential (ST III) (“on-duty"). The on-duty domain incorporates a hardened operating system and hardened user authentication and data transfer. The smartphone is designed for users who require high-security communications and guaranteed privacy and deal with classified information.

“Classified information is increasingly transmitted in digital form and processed on mobile devices. This poses high requirements on the information security features of smartphones. Public authorities in particular will appreciate the new agile ways to communicate quickly this phone provides in situations involving classified information. Bittium Tough Mobile is a secure tool for protecting privacy and communicating confidentially. Its off-duty domain for everyday communications gives increased usability. As far as we know, Bittium Tough Mobile™ is the world's first government-approved smartphone solution with this type of technology, says General Director Kirsi Karlamaa.

The FICORA approval is for information classified at national protection level III (ST III). The product has not been assessed according to a similar international classification system.

Further information

Chief Inspector Aki Tauriainen, tel. +358 295 390 579

Our Bittium news from 2015 (in Finnish)

Bittium's press release (2017)

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