Invincea, a software company that specializes in advanced malware threat detection, network breach prevention, and pre-breach forensic intelligence, has recently been awarded a $21.4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for the development of secure smartphone and tablet mobile platforms for military use. The project, dubbed as “Mobile Armour”, is all about making Android safe and secure for government use. If successful, the company hopes to bring the innovation to the consumer market. Invincea said that it has already developed an Android-based platform used by soldiers in Afghanistan.
The said OS has already met the military security specifications for “outside the wire” tactical use, but DARPA hopes to expand its scope even further by adding new security enhancements. “The investment by DARPA and the U.S. Army in the Mobile Armour project demonstrates the critical need for secure mobility. As government departments and agencies across the civilian and defense sectors shift their focus towards the use of mobile applications for executing their missions, they must be able to trust that these platforms are secure,” Invincea CEO Anup Ghosh said. Check out Anup Ghosh’s announcement via YouTube.