CIS Mobile Announces altOS on 5G Smartphones

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ASHBURN, Va., May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CIS Mobile, a mobile security leader, today announces the availability of altOS on Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 smartphones. By combining the latest 5G-enabled Pixel hardware and our altOS secure mobility platform, government customers can protect their missions while using the latest high-performance, low-cost smartphones.

CIS Mobile’s altOS is a security-enhanced Android operating system designed with the security, privacy, and control capabilities needed for sensitive government use cases.  It is used by multiple government intelligence and defense agencies around the world.

The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are the first altOS devices to support 5G technology, which is set to power the next wave of mobile connectivity and smart devices. 5G networks provide unrivaled speeds and richer security to devices on the network, accelerating services while securing data.

“5G networks enable powerful new applications and services to be delivered quickly and reliably to our government customers.  CIS Mobile’s new release on 5G phones combines the enhanced security controls and capabilities of the altOS platform with the latest high speed communications networks,” said Bill Anderson, President of CIS Mobile

altOS on 5G smartphones is available today to new and existing customers and partners, and will be rolled out to existing deployments in the coming weeks.  CIS Mobile installs altOS in our secure facilities to ensure a hardware-backed root of trust for the whole platform.   

About CIS Mobile

CIS Mobile is a subsidiary of CIS Secure, an industry leader and global provider for designing and manufacturing secure communications and computing solutions for Governments and Enterprises. With headquarters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the company operates a state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot NSA certified TEMPEST manufacturing and testing facility.

CIS Mobile has a mission to address Government needs for a modern, convenient, and secure mobility platform.

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Internet Security Apps Called Out for Personal Data Abuse

When you download a mobile app designed to keep you safe online, you probably don’t expect it to abuse your personal data.

But that’s exactly what many of China’s most popular mobile security apps are doing, according to a new announcement (link in Chinese) by the country’s internet regulator.

Some 36 security apps, including those developed by internet titans Tencent Holdings Ltd., Baidu Inc. and Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., are guilty of illegally obtaining data without users’ consent, collecting more information than they need to operate, and demanding excessive numbers of permissions, according to the notice, which was published Monday.

The document singled out a further 48 online lending apps for similar violations, including those developed by the personal finance arms of ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s e-commerce site Taobao, Ping An Insurance Group Co. of China Ltd. and several national banks.

Data privacy is a long-running problem in China, which lacks robust laws and regulations governing the collection and use of personal information.

A flagship data protection law is in the works, but remains in the draft stage amid debate over how it would affect both businesses and individuals.

For now, Chinese authorities largely content themselves with naming and shaming — and sometimes removing (link in Chinese) — apps that violate user privacy.

The companies on the latest naughty list have 15 working days to clean up their act or face legal punishment, the regulator said, without being specific.

Contact reporter Matthew Walsh ([email protected])

Related: China Mulls Severe Penalties in New Data Protection Law



IBM to focus on AI and hybrid cloud in new chapter for Big Blue, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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IBM to focus on AI and hybrid cloud in new chapter for Big BlueBERLIN: IBM is rolling out innovations in artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud operations and quantum computing as the company that created the personal computer follows through on a roadmap it set out a year ago.

The U.S. company made the announcements to coincide with its annual Think Conference on Tuesday as it builds momentum following its $34 billion takeover of open-source software company Red Hat two years ago.

IBM, which last month reported its strongest quarterly sales growth in two years, has been restructuring since Arvind Krishna became chief executive a year ago to focus on cloud computing and AI. Last October, IBM announced its legacy IT infrastructure business would shift into a separate firm.

“This year, we are going to talk about progress – and we have made a lot of progress,” President Jim Whitehurst told reporters ahead of its Think Conference.

Among product innovations it is rolling out on Tuesday are AI to help companies manage data in the cloud, a system dubbed Watson Orchestrate to help professionals automate tasks such as scheduling meetings and a program to let customers use quantum computers for projects too complex for traditional servers.

Krishna declined to comment on the estimated revenue from the new offerings but told reporters he still expects overall sales to grow slightly in 2021 and by the mid-single digits percentage-wise “over the medium term.”

IBM will also unveil Project CodeNet, a large-scale open-source dataset comprising 14 million code samples, 500 million lines of code and 55 programming languages to enable AI to understand and translate code.

The innovations follow IBM’s recent announcement of its own platform for 2 nanometer computer chips that are up to 45% faster and 75% more power-efficient than the 7 nm chips that run most smartphones today.

Whitehurst said the 2 nm chips were expected to enter production with IBM’s manufacturing partners within “a couple of years”.


Key Takeaways from Federal R&D Workshop Focused on 5G Testing and Use Cases for Drones and Smart Warehouses | Wiley Rein LLP

On April 27 and 28, 2021, the Networking & Information Technology Research-Development (NITRD), Advanced Wireless Test Platform (AWTP), and Federal Mobility Group (FMG) hosted a Workshop on the FMG’s Framework to Conduct 5G Testing (Framework), published last November. The purpose of the webinar was to “provide an overview of the process and the testing framework elements needed to conduct 5G testing for different use cases.” The workshop focused on two selected federal 5G use cases: unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) and smart warehouses.

Below, we highlight several key takeaways from the workshop. 

First, the Framework aims to guide federal agencies in establishing 5G testing capabilities suited to their needs through either: (1) building or leasing a testbed from a carrier-grade equipment manufacturer; (2) using existing external labs and testbeds (e.g., a federal lab, university lab, or in coordination with DoD); or (3) through some combination of the two. 

Second, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is focused on how the Government is using both testbeds and data-driven research to support 5G use and innovation. NSF recently issued a Request For Information on dataset needs “to conduct research on computer and network systems,” with comments due by May 21.

Third, the FMG’s Mobile Security Working Group is focused on FISMA mobility metrics to drive key technologies like mobile threat defense, which aims to advance the overall security posture of the federal government on mobile platforms. 

Fourth, within NITRD and the AWTP there is a Wireless Spectrum R&D interagency working group (WSRD) that has been involved in the whole-of-government effort under the National Strategy to Secure 5G Implementation Plan’s Line of Effort 1.1, to assist with “[r]esearch, development, and testing to reach and maintain United States leadership in secure 5G and beyond.” WSRD’s work related to this Line of Effort remains ongoing.

5G Use Case: Drones

The workshop included several UAS use case panels, which discussed the use of cellular frequencies for drone operations and UAS Traffic Management (UTM) issues.

Christopher Nassif, from the Federal Aviation…