Thursby Software has joined forces with Juniper Networks, Acronis and Silanis to develop a secure mobile solution for iPad and iPhone users in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
Thursby will provide its secure mobile hardware, software and support solutions, which are currently deployed at more than 400 U.S. Government agencies ranging from the Pentagon to civilian parks. The expansion with Juniper, Acronis and Silanis will leverage Thursby’s secure PKardweb browser and email apps – a solution that also doubles as an authorization agent by coordinating reader and card access for a secure app ecosystem.
The PKard Toolkit v2.0, which will power the ecosystem, focuses on data management, with strong two-factor (2FA) smart card authentication and FIPS 140-2 encryption. The PKardToolkit includes a software development kit (SDK), sample apps, documentation, a Mac simulator and tools for secure enterprise policy management.
Adding to the ecosystem is Juniper’s Junos Pulse app, which provides secure Virtual Private Networking (VPN). Additionally, Acronis will offer its mobilEcho solution to provide secure Mobile File Management (MFM), while Silanis will provide e-signature handling.
Along with Thursby’d PKard solution, Juniper’s Junos Pulse Secure Access Service will allow government personnel to use the same smartcards currently in circulation for all levels of authentication – both physical and online – to connect to private or carrier mobile networks using their iPhone or iPad.
Acronis’ mobilEcho solution will leverage its file access and editing capabilities that, when combined with CAC/PIV authentication, will allow IT personnel at federal agencies and the DoD to enable their employees to access files, browse the web and check email on their Apple devices – all while meeting government standards.
Finally, Silanis’ e-signature solution and accompanying app will allow the user to securely access documents in their email account using their CAC or PIV card and Thursby’s PKard Reader.
The new family of apps can be seamlessly deployed to both personal (BYOD) and government furnished equipment (GFE) either directly, or as part of managed rollouts around app stores, apps or devices (MAS, MAM or MDM).