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DarkMatter releases KATIM secure phone

UAE cybersecurity company announces commercial availability of high-security handset

Faisal Al Bannai, founder and CEO of DarkMatter launches the KATIM phone in MWC.
Faisal Al Bannai, founder and CEO of DarkMatter launches the KATIM phone in MWC.

DarkMatter has announced commercial availability of its highly secure KATIM phone and email application.

The KATIM phone is aimed at high level individuals who require the strongest levels of security in their mobile devices. KATIM features include a hardened Android operating system, safe wall and encryption.

The KATIM Email application allows end-to-end encrypted communication between KATIM users or even external users through secure web access.  The complete end-to-end 256-bit cryptographic encryption includes body, subject, priority flag in transit and also remain encrypted while at rest. With its user-friendly interface, email communications remain safe and encrypted from third-parties.

The UAE-based cybersecurity firm has released the handset and email application as part of the KATIM security suite, which is intended to provide an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the needs of nations and enterprises requiring the highest level of protection for critical data and communications.

The KATIM suite includes the phone, KATIM OS, secure communications application suite and cyber command centre.

"Mobile communications is critical for every nation and enterprise. As such, the mobile device and applications have become a key target for hackers," commented DarkMatter founder and CEO, Faisal Al Bannai. "KATIM allows users who require the highest level of security to communicate with confidence that their data and voice transmissions are uncompromised. With thousands of units in production today, KATIM has quickly become the business critical communication system for users.  Overall demand for KATIM has grown rapidly over the past twelve months with increased interest globally."

KATIM Phone features ultra-rigid aerospace-grade, anodised 7000-series, aluminium alloy, unibody with a satin finish. It has a toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen with diamond like carbon coating. KATIM Phone is designed to protect against modern mobile security threats, preventing malware and leaks of sensitive data, by separating secure communications and data from the outside world with a safe wall.

A key feature of KATIM Phone is its hardened Android operating system. At each boot instance, KATIM Phone checks the entire software stack via its bootloader to detect modifications. If this validation fails, boot up is aborted. Throughout its operation KATIM Phone continues to monitor the integrity of its environment and in the event of a security attack that threatens a bypass of the built-in security mechanisms, a process is initiated for wiping clean the entire KATIM Phone environment, including all the keys and user data stored securely within it.

Other security features include SHIELD MODE to securely cut off recording functions, providing ultimate peace of mind for top secret meetings; tamper protection and detection; and encrypted data in transit and at rest. KATIM Phone applies strong cryptographic algorithms that are tested and vetted by xen1thLabs test and validation labs. Device and user-specific trust roots are stored on a secure element that is cryptographically bound to the platform and it's boot-up.