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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Koolspan CEO Gregg Smith (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Feb 7th 2014

Does government spying freak you out? Read how Koolspan can secure your mobile device.

Sramana Mitra: Gregg, let’s start with an introduction to Koolspan. What is Koolspan? How did Koolspan come about and what are you doing?

Gregg Smith: Koolspan has been around since 2003 and I took over the business in the fourth quarter of 2011. Koolspan is focused on providing high level of security to connected devices such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets. We provide a series of applications to ensure that our enterprise and government customers and even consumers can have secure communication through the connected-device ecosystem in a safe and efficient manner.

Sramana Mitra: What format does that take? Why don’t we do a few case studies of how specifically you’re delivering this value?

Gregg Smith: We have a variety of customers in multiple markets. Many of our customers use our voice application to talk securely whether they’re travelling globally, talking about pricing or engineering information, mergers or acquisitions, or even as simple as a legal case. The risk of getting intercepted when you’re talking on your device is very significant. United States is equally as vulnerable as many places around the world. Our customers typically always start off with having secure voice as one of their cornerstone applications.

In the financial or healthcare markets, doctors, pharmacists, stock brokers, and bankers doing mergers and acquisitions always use text messaging for communication. We provide our customers security to do text messaging communications. In areas of law enforcement or even healthcare and sales, people use our file sharing application where you have the ability to store files in the cloud, and send them from one mobile device to another mobile device or from smartphone to a laptop. Those are some of the use cases of what our customers do across the broad spectrum of the market.

Sramana Mitra: When you say you’re doing secure voice, how secure is it? One of the big debates in the media today is about privacy being interrupted by the government or the government snooping in your calls. Can you prevent that from happening?

Gregg Smith: We have the ability to secure communications in an environment. In the security business, you never say never. However, we are highly confident that we provide secure communications on a global basis.

Sramana Mitra: You didn’t answer my question though.

Gregg Smith: We do not provide back doors to our technology.

 

This segment is part 1 in the series : Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Koolspan CEO Gregg Smith
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