C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Getac partners with Trivalent to improve data protection

21 September 2017

Getac has partnered with Trivalent, a US provider of data protection tools and services, to enhance the security of its tablet devices.

Getac displayed its new MX50 tablet at DSEI 2017 in London, with the company highlighting the growing importance of data protection for military end users.The MX50 will feature Trivalent Protect. (Getac)The MX50 will feature Trivalent Protect. (Getac)

The MX50 is the company’s first rugged device designed specifically with military users in mind. The 5.7-inch mobile device is aimed for use by dismounted soldiers, and is currently being trialled by the UK Ministry of Defence, said Jackson White, UK defence and security director and sales director at the company. The Danish Armed Forces and their Norwegian counterparts have also acquired the device, he added.

Data protection is a rapidly emerging requirement in the military domain, White said, “because as our defence customers move into the mobility space, they still need the assurance of their data”. This data is now being communicated across a far greater variety of users, right down to dismounted soldiers. “Defence is really working to understand how best to protect that data and secure it,” he said.

The agreement with Trivalent sees the latter’s Trivalent Protect product provided exclusively to Getac for use in Android and Windows ruggedised devices. Trivalent Protect uses an algorithm, through which an encrypted file is ‘shredded’ and stored across the device’s file directory. Users see the file as it would normally appear – for example, a document saved on a desktop – but it will not be accessible until they enter a six-digit authorisation code. Trivalent Protect comes integrated as standard on the MX50 and other Getac devices.

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