The Boeing "Black" phone
Patrick Tucker, Breaking Defense: The NSA Chief Has A Phone For Top-Secret Messaging. Here’s How It Works
The Boeing device is less a phone and more a locked-down portal to a faraway server.
There’s no such thing as a perfectly secure phone, especially if it also connects to the internet. But leaving your phone on the plane every time you visit a hostile foreign country isn’t an option for everyone, and so a handful of top military commanders now have a device that can send and receive Secret and Top Secret messages. No surprise: it doesn’t work quite like the one in your pocket.
Developed by Boeing and the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Boeing Black phone has a dual-SIM card that “enables users to switch between government and commercial networks. Boeing Black integrates seamlessly into customer mobile device management systems and virtual private networks,” according to the product data sheet.
One of the recipients is Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers, said DISA head Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn.
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WNU Editor: I am willing to bet that the servers that handle these communications are probably some of the most heavily guarded installations within the military.