The U.S. Navy has continued to push forward on plans to secure remote access and identity management mandates, by purchasing more MobiKEY Fusion devices and TruOFFICE licenses from Route1.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Route1 offers a rand of services for governments and enterprises wanting to secure remote access and user identification. MobiKEY Fusion devices leverage existing government IDs to establish a secure session to remote networks, platforms, or services. Following their mandate, the Navy has ordered 1,746 MobiKEY Fusion devices, of which 1,708 devices have been shipped.
MobiKEY Fusion devices are one part of the overall platform, as Navy personnel will access Route1’s high security DEFIMNET platform.
“Route1’s security and identity management solutions are proving to be a great match for the U.S. Navy’s needs with regard to mobility and data security,” said Captain Scott Langley, CIO U.S. Navy Reserve.
“With Navy personnel deployed and protecting freedom across the globe, it is essential that we have powerful and proven solutions on hand to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of critical data. Route1 provides us with a tool that helps us accomplish our mission of being a global force for good.”
The only questionable side to the Navy’s order is that they are using a middleman in the supply chain, instead of ordering directly from Route1. According to a company press release Route1 is selling to an outside contractor, which is reselling to the Navy.
The reasoning for this is not known, but it could have something to do with the company being headquartered in Canada. Still, the markup would appear on the bottom-line of the Navy’s overall IT budget, which is money that could be spent elsewhere. SecurityWeek was unable to reach Route1 or the Navy for comment and explanation on the matter.